T&F: UTA's Bobby Lane Invitational returns Saturday

Local product and senior Eric Ojeda will be competing in Arlington for the final time Saturday.
March 24, 2016

By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com

The UT Arlington track and field teams will host the 37th Bobby Lane Invitational Saturday at Maverick Stadium, as the Mavericks' home meet is returning for the first time since 2013.

"We have a wonderful track and field facility, and to be able to have a home meet on our track is something we are very proud of," UTA coach John Sauerhage said."We are extremely excited to be hosting the Bobby Lane Invitational again. We knew we missed it, but we didn’t know just how much until we started preparing to host."

Joining UTA are teams and individuals from Angelo State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Cameron, Central Arkansas, Dallas Baptist, Louisiana Tech, Midwestern State, North Texas, Northwestern State, Oklahoma, Sioux Falls, SMU, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Tarleton State, Texas Wesleyan and Wylie.

It is the second outdoor meet of the year for the Mavs, who opened with a number of strong performances last Friday at the TCU Invitational.

Saturday will mark the home debut of freshman Alexus Henry, the reigning Sun Belt Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week. After the first week of competition, the native of Bridge City, Texas, currently ranks tied for first nationally in the high jump (5 feet, 10 inches).

Meanwhile, All-American Roland Sales will compete in the same event on the men’s side. The Grand Prairie, Texas, native and school record holder in the indoor high jump will look to establish a new school outdoor standard during his senior season.



Sales is one of a handful of seniors competing in Arlington for the last time. On the track, a pair of distance stars in Gabriela Alfonzo and Eric Ojeda will also be in action. Alfonzo is the school record holder in both the 5000 meters and the 10,000 meters. Ojeda, the men’s SBC cross country individual champion, has top-5 times in UTA history in both events.

The bulk of UTA’s top athletes will compete in order to prepare for the upcoming Texas Relays.

"This will be a good opportunity to keep progressing and getting some reps before our major meets coming up," Sauerhage said. “It will be a nice chance for us to see where we are here in the early going against some really good competition.”

In addition, former Maverick standouts Clayton Vaughn, Cordero Gray and Quentin Butler will be among the competitors in an unattached 100m race. Romain Martin, who earned six All-America honors in the heptathlon and decathlon, will take part in the discus. UTA will also host an alumni reunion during the meet.

Tickets are $7. UTA students receive free admission with a student ID, and children five and under are free as well. Action kicks off with the hammer throw on Friday at 3 p.m. The remainder of the events will be contested on Saturday. Field events begin at 9 a.m., while running events will start at 11 a.m. The final race is slated to begin at 7:20 p.m.

Live scoring is available via Delta Timing.



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