T&F: Top-5 school performances highlight opening weekend

Jan. 14, 2017

Complete Results

UTA burst onto the 2017 indoor scene with some of the best individual times and marks in school history, as well as a pair of individual victories, against strong competition at the Texas A&M Team Invitational.

A pair of Maverick men recorded wins in College Station. Erik Martinsson won a thrilling 800-meter race by just .01 with a time of 1:50.46. His clocking ranks the fourth-fastest time in school history.

Martinsson's performance followed up Tyler Forde's Friday night victory in the 5000 meters. Forde crossed the line first with a time of 15:11.57.

In addition, Petter Gustafsson placed fifth in the finals of the 60m hurdles (8.15). His second-place preliminary time (8.07) ranks as the No. 5 time in school history.

For the women, freshman Helen Falda, in her first collegiate meet, smashed the school record in the women's pole vault. She became the first Maverick ever to clear 13 feet. Her effort (13 feet, 4¼ inches) was good for third place.

Tricia Williams scored in a pair of events, finishing fifth in the weight throw (55 feet) and eighth in the shot put (44 feet, 4¾ inches). Wiliams' personal-best weight throw ranks as the second-best mark in school annals.



"Hopefully we can build on what we did today," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "We had some performances that were very encouraging and we were really excited about. We knocked some of the rust off, and found some areas where we need to step up as well."

More medal finishes on the men's side came courtesy of Martin Lopez, who was third in the 5000m (15:42.02), and Grant Copeland, who took third in the mile (4:12.55).

Other point scorers for the men included: Michael Guerrero in the 3000 meters (6th, 8:29.65), Isaiah McBride in the long jump (7th, 22 feet, 3¾ inches) and Karl Goodman in the 400 meters (7th, 49.06).

For the women, Thilda Saernvaang was sixth in the long jump (17 feet, 11 inches), Anamarija Petters finished seventh in the 800 meters (2:16.24) and Chloe Lewis grabbed seventh in the weight throw (53 feet, 6½ inches).

As a team, the men placed sixth with 46 points, while the women were eighth (26).

UTA will return to action next Saturday at the same site, this time competing in the Texas A&M Invitational.




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