T&F: Two-day meet in Houston awaits UTA

Craig Lautenslager is among the SBC's best in the mile and 5000 meters.
By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com

Jan. 28, 2016

ARLINGTON, Texas — The UT Arlington men’s and women’s track and field teams will return to their indoor seasons after a one-week break when they head to the two-day Houston Invitational this weekend.

Both Mavericks’ squads debuted successfully two weeks ago at the Texas A&M Team Invitational. The men cruised to a victory at the 14-team event, while the women placed second. Newcomers and veterans alike had strong performances at the meet, leaving UTA coach John Sauerhage feeling optimistic about the 2016 squads.

“Both teams had a really nice opener and we will look to continue to build upon those performances this weekend,” Sauerhage said. “This will be another great opportunity for our athletes to get better.”

Despite having competed in just one meet, the Mavericks still boast a number of athletes ranked among the Sun Belt Conference’s leaders.

For the men, Craig Lautenslager sports the league’s fastest time in the 5000 meters (14:41.38) and has the second-fastest mile time (4:12.70). Tied atop the SBC standings in the 400 meters is Erik Martinsson (48.27), while Peter Gustafsson’s 60-meter hurdle time of 8.13 is the second best in the league.

UTA is also strong in the relays, toting the best 4x400m clocking (3:15.95) and the second-best time in the distance medley (10:17.98).



In the field, Roland Sales holds down the second position in the high jump (7 feet, ¼ inch), while Tobi Fawehinmi is third in the triple jump (48 feet, 3 ½ inches).

Two women are currently rated best in the Sun Belt in their respective events. Anamarija Petters has the No. 1 time in the 800 meters with a clocking of 2:15.74, while Katelyn Hayward owns the top mile run (5:04.57) by four seconds.

In addition, Taylor Davis is listed second in the 400 meters (56.55) and headlines the 4x400m relay that also ranks second (3:51.66).

In the field, Chineme Obikudu is second in the triple jump at 41 feet, 1 inch, while Alexus Henry is tied for second in the high jump (5-07.75).

Events will be contested Friday and Saturday at the Bill Yeoman Field House. Live results will be available at FlashResultsTexas.com.

Among the universities competing against UT Arlington and the host school Houston, are: Grambling State, Houston Baptist, Lamar, New Mexico State, North Texas, Prairie View A&M, Rice, SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas Southern, Texas State and UL Monroe.



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