BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UTA men's and women's track and field teams had solid first days at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. The men stand in second place with 32 points, 13 behind Arkansas State, while the women are in third place with 23 points behind South Alabama (40) and Texas State (38).
Joel Duren highlighted the day by repeating as conference champion in the men's 3000 meters. He was followed to the line by Justin Domangue (8:21.99), who was the runner up. In addition, Michael Guerrero (8:23.17) took fourth, as the Mavericks totaled 21 points in the event.
For the women, Alexus Henry cleared 5-11 1/2 in the women's high jump to finish as the league runner up. It was an epic battle that included a league-record mark from the event's winner.
In addition, Tori Shelton made the medal stand in the women's 3000 meters with a third-place finish (9:59.56). Teammate Madeleine Rowe gave the Mavs two in the top five thanks to a fifth-place showing (10:09.80).
Also scoring for UTA was Isaiah McBride, who picked up five points in the men's long jump with a fourth-place mark of 23-7 1/2 (7.20m).
UTA also faired well in the preliminary events. Half of Tuesday's 400m men's final will be Mavericks as David Seastrunk (48.25), Brenden Wallace (48.45), D'Undre Mitchell (49.28) and Erik Martinsson (49.53) earned spots after strong runs. Seastrunk also placed fifth in the men's 200m (21.50) to qualify for two event finals.
A strength all season, the men's hurdles trio is through to the finals with Emeka Nwangwu (8.01), Petter Gustafsson (8.04) & Victor Fincher (8.14). Deontre Haynes (6.78) and McBride (6.79) moved on in the men's 60 meters, while Martinsson (1:53.94) and Victor Bocanegra (1:54.98) advanced in the 800m.
To complete the night, the UTA women finished fourth in the distance medley relay with a clocking of 12:08.82, while the men's squad finished fifth with a time of 10:20.73.
Action will wrap up Tuesday afternoon. The multi-events will begin at 9 a.m., while the field event finals kick off at noon. Running finals are slated for 12:30 p.m. Live video will be available on ESPN3.
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