T&F: Three victories highlight UTA's season-opening meet

DeAndrea Smith won the 400m with a personal-best time at the TCU Invitational.

March 15, 2013

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FORT WORTH, Texas - Two women and one man posted individual victories to highlight UT Arlington's efforts at the season-opening TCU Invitational on Friday. DeAndrea Smith (400m) and Jennifer Brown (triple jump) were the women's winners, while Clayton Vaughn (100m) was a champion on the men's side.

Smith won the 400 meters with a personal-best time of 55.14. Her run also ranks as the fourth fastest in school history. Meanwhile, Brown backed up her victory in the triple jump (40-02.25) with a third-place showing in the long jump (18-04.50).

Vaughn dominated the men's 100m, winning by .18. His time of 10.13 (wind-aided) was a personal best and is now listed as the second fastest in school history.

In the women's 100m, Shannon Reynolds placed fourth, second among collegians, with a wind-aided time of 11.40. Her clocking also was a personal best and ranks as the second-fastest clocking in UTA annals.

Other top efforts on the track for the women included: Ashly Wright in the 1500m (5th, 4:46.38) and Porschea Wilson in the 100m hurdles (5th, 14.35).

UTA had several more top-5 finishes in women's field events. Shae Johnson took the bronze position in the triple jump (39-08.75), while Whitley Ellison's personal-record throw of 154-05 in the discus placed her fourth. A pair of Mavericks finished among the top five in the pole vault, as Taylor Long took fourth (11-05.75), while Julianne Burch landed fifth (10-11.75).

Back on the men's side, Philip Critelli and Anthony Hilliman had a 2-3 finish in the 800 meters. Critelli crossed with a time of 1:55.26, nipping Hilliman's 1:55.59. Hilliman also was strong in the 3000m, finishing as the runner up (8:53.75).

Aaron Purser also had a solid season-opening run, taking sixth in 1500m (4:03.75).

In the field, Roland Sales finished third in high jump (6-4.25), Omar Barnes took fourth in the triple jump (45-06.25) and Brandon Waller came in fifth in long jump (23-04.50). In addition, Heath Skelton's hammer throw of 156-09 was second best in school history.

UTA is next in action Saturday, March 23 when it hosts the annual Bobby Lane Invitational at Maverick Stadium. The first field event will take place at 9 a.m., while running events are slated for the afternoon.





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