T&F: Alfonzo sets 5000m school record at Texas Relays

Gabriela Alfonzo broke the school mark in the 5000 meters on Thursday at the Texas Relays.
March 26, 2015

By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com

AUSTIN, Texas - UT Arlington junior Gabriela Alfonzo set a school standard in the 5000 meters to highlight the second day of action for the Mavericks at the 88thClyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

Alfonzo placed fifth in the event with a time of 16:52.45to break the five-year-old mark by just over one second. In addition, her time is a junior record in her native country of Venezuela. Alfonzo already ranked third on the school's list in the 10,000 meters.

On the men's side of the 5000m, Eric Ojeda also finished fifth. His time (14:28.39) ranks as the fourth-best clocking in school annals.

UTA's other 5k participants also had strong efforts that resulted in personal records. For the men, Michael Guerrero took eighth (14:36.59), while Tori Shelton was 11th (17:26.75) for the women.

"The distance crew had a very nice day," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "All four kids who ran the 5000 meters had personal bests, which is an impressive feat, and a school record is always a really special moment."



Also starring for the distance crew was Emil Blomberg, who won his section of the 1500 meters in 3:53.84. It ranked as the sixth best time in the two heats of the 1500m.

The women's 4x800 relay team of Latrice Brooks, Tamerah Gorham, Courtney Mose and Ashly Wright placed sixth (9:01.34). That time is the second best in school history.

Additionally, Philip Critelli placed seventh in the 800 meters (1:51.89), while Craig Lautenslager crossed 15th in the 1500m (3:59.13).

In the decathlon, Christian Schiemann finished 14th with 5,969 points, while Brandon Blanchard grabbed 15th (5,656).

In addition, Shaniece Prevot (68th) and Emoni Taylor (72nd) participated in the women's 400m hurdles, while Emeka Nwangwu (76th) and Victor Fincher (79th) took part in the men's event.

The Texas Relays will continue with action on Friday and will conclude Saturday at Mike Myers Stadium.


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