Jan. 26, 2013
AMES, Iowa - UT Arlington's women's track team finished fourth among nine squads, while the men placed seventh among a field of 10 at Iowa State's Bill Bergan Invitational on Saturday. A pair of individual victories on the women's side highlighted the day for the Mavericks.
Shannon Reynolds earned one of the wins, taking the 60-meter dash with a season-best time of 7.55. She continued her outstanding day with a runner-up showing in the 200m (24.59) that also featured a season-best time.
In the field, Shae Johnson claimed the triple jump crown with a leap of 38-09. That effort matched her personal record set last year as a freshman.
Ashly Wright also established a personal record, as she ran 2:11.35 in the 800m. Wright placed third in the event thanks to the fourth-fastest time in school history.
Katelyn Hayward also had a top-5 UTA time Saturday. The freshman placed third in the mile run with a clocking of 4:55.50.
Wright, Breonna Baldwin, Ashley Burris and DeAndrea Smith polished off the strong performance by teaming up to take third in the final event, the 4x400 relay. Their time of 3:46.91 was the second-fastest time in school annals.
In addition to Reynolds' victory, the Mavericks also had two other point scorers in the 60m as Keondra Mallard finished 4th (7.79), while LaDoreal Thompson took 5th (7.80). UTA also had multiple top-6 finishes in the 60m hurdles by virtue of DeOna Stafford (5th, 8.79) and Porschea Wilson (6th, 8.85).
Additionally, Smith took fourth in the 400 meters (56.25) and Courtney Mose placed sixth in the 800m (2:15.01). The final UTA point scorers in field events were Jennifer Brown in the triple jump (3rd, 38-04.25) and Danielle Delage in the long jump (6th, 18-02.25).
The women totaled 69 points to finish behind only Iowa State (105), Wisconsin (95) and Kansas State (75). The men mustered 12.25 points on the day.
"The women showed today that they can contend for a conference championship," head coach John Sauerhage said. "It was a very strong day, especially for our distance crew and our sprinters. The men didn't compete as well as we would have hoped. We'll have to learn from this and figure out a way to compete at a higher level if we want to achieve our team goals."
Leading the way for the men was Emil Blomberg, who set a personal best, and had the fifth-fastest mile run in school history (4:12.06). His time was good for fifth place in the event.
The men's highest finish came courtesy of Omar Barnes, who placed third in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 46-08. In the 60m, Quentin Butler placed fourth with a time of 6.91, also a season best.
The Mavericks are back in action Feb. 1-2 at the Varsity Apartments Invitational in Wichita, Kan.
Women's Team Results
1. Iowa State 105
2. Wisconsin 95
3. Kansas State 75
4. UT Arlington 69
5. Marquette 40
6. North Dakota State 36
7. Iowa 8
8. North Dakota 4
9. South Dakota State 2
Men's Team Results
1. Minnesota 123.25
2. Wisconsin 70
3. Iowa 64
3. Kansas State 64
5. Iowa State 56.25
6. North Dakota State 23
7. UT Arlington 12.25
8. Marquette 10.25
9. North Dakota 7
10. South Dakota State 1
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