By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - UT Arlington closed day one of the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship with a flurry, sweeping the women's and men's distance medley relays. As a result, the men are in second place with 35 points, while the women hold the sixth position with 14 points.
UTA's women picked up the program's first victory of the day, winning the DMR with a time of 11:53.20. The quartet of Tamerah Gorham, Shaniece Prevot, Latrice Brooks and Katelyn Hayward won by three seconds.
UTA's biggest event was the men's 3000 meters, as three Mavs scored points. Craig Lautenslager led the way as the runner up (8:19.97), while Michael Guerrero took third (8:25.30) and Eric Ojeda placed sixth (8:26.04).
The Mavericks are five points behind South Alabama (40) with one day remaining. Texas State (29) and Arkansas State (28.5) round out the top four. Appalachian State leads the women's race with 50.5 points, while the next four teams all have between 29 and 22 points.
The final day of the SBC Championship begins at 9 a.m. (CT) Tuesday. Live scoring and live video of the final day will be available at www.SunBeltSports.org.
Four women advanced to their respective Tuesday finals. Anamarija Petters was the highest finisher among UTA qualifiers, taking second in the 800m prelims. Meanwhile, Alexis Baldwin advanced to Tuesday's finals of the 60m (eighth) and the 200m (seventh). Porschea Wilson placed fifth in the 60m hurdles, while Taylor Davis qualified sixth in the 400 meters.
For the men, Karl Goodman (sixth) and D'Undre Mitchell (eighth) both advanced to the finals in the 400 meters. In addition, Grayson Birka (third) and De'Vion Simpson (fourth) gave the Mavericks two in the 800m finals. Emeka Nwangwu took fifth in the 60m hurdles.
Freshman Alexus Henry gave the women their first four points of the meet by tying for fourth place in the high jump. She cleared 5 feet, 5 ¼ inches. For the men, Roland Sales netted fourth in the long jump (24 feet, 2 ¼ inches). Christian Schiemann capped his busy day by placing sixth in the pole vault at 15 feet, 5 ½ inches. He also heads into the final three events of the heptathlon in scoring position (5th, 2,782 points).
Christian Schiemann won the shot put portion of the heptathlon with a throw of 45 feet, ¼ inch. It set an all-time SBC Championship record in the event. In addition, UTA had a trio of women post top-5 school marks in the weight throw. Chloe Lewis (54 feet, 1 inch), Bianca Finn (53 feet, 11 ¾ inches) and Tricia Williams (51 feet, 10 ½ inches) had the second, third and fifth best marks in school history.
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