T&F: Trip to Wichita on docket for track teams this weekend

Shae Johnson currently has the top 400m time in the Sun Belt Conference.

Jan. 29, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas - With just two more meets prior to the Sun Belt Conference Championships on Feb. 24-25, the UT Arlington men's and women's indoor track and field teams have reached a crucial point in their schedules. The first of their remaining competitions comes this Friday and Saturday at the Varsity Apartments Invitational in Wichita, Kan.

"This is another opportunity to get better and get prepared for the Sun Belt Championships," head coach John Sauerhagesaid. "With the ultimate goal of conference in mind, we will rest some of our athletes but most will continue to compete this weekend."

Friday's competition will consist of the women's pentathlon, as well as the first four events of the men's heptathlon. In addition, the finals of the 5000m and prelims of the 60m and 60m hurdles will be held. In the field, the men's triple jump, women's long jump, men's high jump, women's pole vault and men's and women's weight throw will be contested.

The following day, the heptathlon will get things underway at 9:45 a.m. Field events on Saturday begin at 10 a.m., while collegiate running events will start at 2:40 p.m.

Division I teams scheduled to compete include: UTA, Wichita State, Sam Houston State, Missouri State and Oral Roberts. The meet will be live streamed on WSU Track & Field's Ustream channel available on the WSU Meet Central page.

For UTA, the men's and women's teams each currently have three athletes leading the league in their respective events.

Clayton Vaughn, who currently ranks first in the Sun Belt in the 60 meters (6.68) and second in the 200 meters (21.53), is expected to participate in the 60m again this weekend.

Ryan Tilotta is the SBC's top performer in the 3000 meters (8:19.85), and is currently ranked second in the mile (4:11.78). In addition, Renan Palmahas the circuit's fastest time in the 60m hurdles (8.19).

For the women, Shae Johnson ranks first in the league in the 400 meters (57.56) after her performance last Saturday in Nebraska. Ashly Wright continues to sport the best mark in the 800m (2:11.22), while Hannah Nilssonis tops in the mile (4:57.41).

Other performers among the conference's best this season include: Quentin Butler, who ranks second in the long jump (23-09.50), third in the 200m (21.89) and fourth in the 60m (6.83), as well as Philip Critelli (2nd in 800m, 1:53.56) and Porschea Wilson(2nd in 60m hurdles, 8.63).





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