T&F: UTA track ready to tackle competition at Nebraska

Hannah Nilsson has the top time in the mile this season.

Jan. 23, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas - Fresh off solid showings at the season opener last weekend, the UT Arlington men's and women's indoor track and field teams will return to action Saturday at the Mark Colligan Memorial in Lincoln, Neb.

"We are looking forward to this weekend," head coach John Sauerhage said. "It's a chance to really get all of our athletes going, and another key step as we prepare for the Sun Belt Championships, which are only a month away."

UTA put up some of the best marks in the Sun Belt in its season debut last week. On the women's side, standout Ashly Wright currently holds down the top spot in the 800 meters (2:11.22).

In addition, Hannah Nilsson (4:57.41) and Sydney Hampton (5:02.38) rate as the top two in the conference in the mile. In addition, the women's 4x400 relay team owns the second-best clocking (3:49.59).

Two men also rank atop the league's list. Ryan Tilotta is the top-ranked athlete in the 3000 meters (8:19.85), while Renan Palma is first in the 60m hurdles (8.19).

Three Mavericks are among the top five in the 800m, as Philip Critelli (2nd, 1:53.56) paces the squad. In addition, Quentin Butler is second in the long jump (23' 9 1/2").

The scored meet will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Devaney Center Indoor Track. In addition to UTA and host Nebraska, Oral Roberts and Wichita State will also compete. Live scoring will be available at www.huskers.com.



The meet will use NCAA scoring, which means that top eight finishers in each event will earn points for their team. First place will earn nine points, while the next five finishers will earn 7-6-5-4-3-2-1, respectively.



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