T&F: Final tune-up meet for Mavs comes this weekend

Eric Ojeda has top-three league times in a pair of events this season.
Feb. 10, 2015



ARLINGTON, Texas – On Saturday, the UT Arlington men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams will have their final chances to tune up for the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships with live meet action when the Mavericks travel to Wichita, Kan., to take part in the Herm Wilson Invitational.

“It’s another opportunity for us to get reps to put us in the best position possible to win a conference championship,” UTA coach John Sauerhage said. “We’re looking to post some fast times, clear some high bars, and have some big jumps and long throws this weekend.”

The Mavericks boast a number of athletes already at or near the top of the league’s leaderboard with less than two weeks remaining until the Sun Belt Conference Championships (Feb. 23-24).

Emil Blomberg is the top men’s miler (4:07.33) and also sits third in the 800m (1:52.97). After nearly breaking the school record in the mile the last time out, he earned an invitation to compete this weekend in the high performance portion of the event at the Iowa State Classic.

Additionally, Quentin Butler currently leads the Sun Belt in the 60m (6.71) and ranks third in the 200m (21.39). Eric Ojeda is also among the league’s best in a pair of categories, ranking second in the 3000m with a time of 8:23.25 and third in the 5000m at 15:02.76.

Other distance standouts include Ryan Tilotta in the 5000m (1st, 14:46.19), Michael Guerrero in the 5000m (2nd, 14:56.67) and Craig Lautenslager in the 3000m (3rd, 8:26.87).

Roland Sales is the fourth UTA man to lead his respective event, rating first in the high jump (7’ ½”). The final male among the SBC’s top three is Victor Fincher in the 60m hurdles (3rd, 8.15).

The UTA women also boast a league leader in senior middle-distance runner Ashly Wright. Wright owns the fastest time in the Sun Belt in the 800m (2:12.39).

Two other Mavs are currently in medal positions in their respective events. Katelyn Hayward ranks second in the mile (4:58.45), while Noemie Forget is third in the pole vault (12’ 5 1/2“).

The women’s 4x400 relay team, which consists of Dasia Rolfe, Tamerah Gorham, Wright and Taylor Davis, is second in the league after recording the third fastest time in school history (3:46.32).

The Herm Wilson Invitational will be live streamed online at www.goshockers.com. In addition to UTA and host Wichita State, Oral Roberts and Emporia State will be competing. Field events will begin Saturday at 11 a.m., while running events commence at 4 p.m. 



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