NORMAN, Okla. – UTA had a bevy of outstanding performances, including a number by freshmen, Saturday at the J.D. Martin Invitational hosted by the University of Oklahoma.
Highlighting the efforts was freshman Sara Lennman, who smashed the school record in the weight throw by more than a foot with a heave of 60 feet, 4 inches (18.41m). She placed as the runner up in the event. Lennman was third in the shot put, with a throw of 49 feet, which is the third-best mark in school history.
In addition, fellow frosh Chassity Love collected her first collegiate win in the long jump with a mark of 18 feet, 7 ¼ inches (5.67m). Rookie Helen Falda continued to impressive, claiming first place in the pole vault at 15 feet, 5 ¼ inches (4.10m).
On the men's side, freshman Nicklas Karlsson snagged third in the heptathlon with 4,901 points. In his first collegiate multi-event, he missed out on an all-time UTA top-5 mark by just 150 points.
It wasn't just newcomers who made an impact for UTA, however. Emeka Nwangwu was the runner up in the men's 60m hurdles with a blistering personal-best time of 7.94. He became just the second Maverick ever to break the 8-second plateau.
In the women's event, Davina Lufuluabo took fifth with a time of 8.97. Her preliminary time of 8.90 was a personal best and the fourth-fastest 60m hurdle time in school history.
"We really needed to get some performances in key areas this weekend, and we got the results we were looking for," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "There were some real breakthrough efforts today."
Additionally, Victoria Rimpsey continued to build on her impressive comeback season, taking sixth in the 60 meters with a personal-best time of 7.55. Valery Lavrusha was second in the high jump at 5 feet, 5 inches.
Madison Pecot also had a historic day in the pole vault. She became the second UTA woman ever to clear 13-feet, posting a mark of 13 feet, 1 1/2 inches to place fourth.
Deontre Haynes was a standout on the men’s side in the same event, as he was the runner up in the 60m (6.85).
D'Undre Mitchell had podium placements in a pair of events, as he was second in the 400m (50.42) and third in the 200m (22.19).
UTA will take next weekend off from competition prior to competing in the Dunamis College Classic Meets on Feb. 9-10.
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