ARLINGTON, Texas – UTA completed its first day of action at the Texas Tech Shootout by producing a number of marks that rank among the top results in the Sun Belt Conference this season.
UTA’s strongest event on Friday was the men’s 60m hurdles. Emeka Nwangwu (fourth), Victor Fincher (fifth) and Petter Gustafsson (sixth) all reached the finals and ultimately earned top-six finishes. Nwangwu posted a time of 7.98, which ranks as the third-fastest time in the SBC this season. Fincher (8.065) and Gustafsson (8.068) are now listed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the league.
In the men’s 400 meters, Brenden Wallace netted a time of 47.82 to leap from fifth into the second position on the SBC qualifying list.
Also in the sprints, Deontre Haynes was the runner-up in his 60m Olympic Development race. Haynes crossed in a season-best time of 6.78 to finish behind only former UTA star Cordero Gray. He is now No. 6 on the Sun Belt chart. In addition, Demarviae Gray was seventh in his 60m event with a clocking of 6.87.
On the women’s side, Chineme Obikudu placed seventh in the triple jump with a distance of 40-7. Her jump is the No. 3 mark in the SBC this year, and eclipsed her best effort this year by 1 ½ inches.
Macey Beazley won the 5000 meters with a clocking of 18:37.48. It was her fastest time of the season, and the time ranks 11th in the Sun Belt.
Action in Lubbock concludes tomorrow. Field events begin at noon, while running events commence at 1 p.m. Live results will be available at PTTiming.com. Additionally, live video (subscription required) is available at TexasTech.tv.
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