ARLINGTON, Texas – With just over two weeks remaining prior to the 2018 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships, the UTA men’s and women’s track and field teams have reached a key point in the season.
This weekend, the Mavericks will take part in the Charlie Thomas Invitational in College Station. UTA will be looking to post even more top results on the SBC performance lists. Top eight spots are coveted, as those will be the point-scoring positions at the SBC Championships.
“It’s a good time to see how we measure up to the rest of the league,” UTA coach John Sauerhage said. “This will be another really strong meet, and we are looking forward to getting out there and competing well this weekend.”
Two women currently sit atop the Sun Belt standings in individual events. Tori Shelton has the league’s best time in the women’s 3000 meters with a clocking of 9:52.37, which is just outside the school’s all-time top five marks. In addition, Alexus Henry ranks first in the high jump at 5-10 ¾, a figure that is in the top 20 nationally and less than an inch shy of her own school record.
Meanwhile, the men boast four of the top five times in the 400 meters courtesy of Erik Martinsson (2nd, 47.84), David Seastrunk (3rd, 47.91), Brenden Wallace (4th, 48.10) and D’Undre Mitchell (5th, 48.34). Not surprisingly, the 4x400m relay squad is among the league’s best (2nd, 3:13.58).
In the mile run, Michael Guerrero and Joel Duren are both listed in the top four. Guerrero’s time of 4:14.67 ranks second, while Duren’s 4:14.86 is good for fourth. The women also have a pair in the event’s top four with Astrid Rosvall (3rd, 4:59.27) and Madeleine Rowe (4th, 5:00.13).
Brady Steele is second in the men’s 3000 meters (8:27.64), while Martinsson is second in the 800 meters (1:51.46). Back to the women, Madison Pecot ranks third in the conference in the pole vault (12-2 ½), while Chineme Obikudu holds the same spot in the triple jump (40-5 ½). The Mavericks will compete in the multi-events beginning Friday afternoon.
Henry, who was named the Texas Trust Scholar-Athlete of the Week and the Sun Belt Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week, will be competing. Last year she set the school record in the pentathlon with a total of 3,666 points. In addition, UTA will have competitors in the men’s and women’s 5000 meters Friday evening.
The bulk of the meet will be contested on Saturday, including the final three events of the men’s heptathlon starting at 10:30 a.m. Field and running events will commence at 12:30 p.m.
Lining up alongside UTA at the meet will be Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Houston, Incarnate Word, Rice, South Plains, TCU, Texas A&M and UTSA. Live scoring both days can be found at FlashResults.com. Live video of Saturday’s action will be available on Watch ESPN.
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