T&F: UTA looks to make strides at adidas Classic

Ryan Tilotta has the league's best time in the 5000m.
Jan. 28, 2015



ARLINGTON, Texas – With less than four weeks remaining until the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, this weekend’s meet is a key one for UT Arlington.

That’s why more than 50 members of the men’s and women’s indoor track teams will be making the trip to Lincoln, Neb., to compete at the University of Nebraska’s adidas Classic on Saturday.

“We are looking forward to competing again this week,” UTA coach John Sauerhage said. “It’s getting to be crunch time, and this meet will go a long way in determining who is going to be ready for the Sun Belt Conference meet in February.”

The scored meet will feature four teams: Nebraska, Colorado State, Oral Roberts and UT Arlington. It is the second competition of the calendar year for the Mavericks, who competed in the Texas A&M Team Invitational on Jan. 17.

The men’s squad boasts three individuals who currently rank as the best in the league in their respective events.

On the track, Quentin Butler is first in the Sun Belt in the 60 meters (6.71), while Ryan Tilotta holds down the top spot in the 5000m (14:46.19). In the field, Roland Sales is the high jump leader (7-00.50).

All three are ranked among the nation’s elite as well, with Sales 15th in the high jump, Butler 26th in the 60m and Tilotta 53rd in the 5000m.

For the women, the 4x400 relay team own’s the league’s best clocking (3:47.77), a time that is third in school history. That crew consists of Mikayla Williams, Tamerah Gorham, Dasia Rolfe and Taylor Davis.

Individually, Davis also ranks third in the league in the 400m (56.91). Other Mavericks who are among the top three in their events are Gabriela Alfonzo in the 3000m (3rd, 9:57.26) and Noemie Forget in the pole vault (3rd, 12-05.50).

Field events at Saturday’s adidas Classic will begin at 11:30 a.m., while running events will commence at 1:30 p.m. The meet will be contested at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.



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