T&F: Men's record-setting 5000m efforts the story at Texas Relays

Ryan Tilotta is now the school record holder in the 5000 meters.

March 27, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas – Junior Ryan Tilotta and sophomore Craig Lautenslager posted the two fastest 5000-meter times in school history on Thursday, highlighting the first day of action for the UT Arlington men’s and women’s track and field teams at the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

Tilotta finished second in the event with a clocking of 14:28.05, while Lautenslager (14:31.79) came in fourth. Tilotta finished as the runner up by just over two seconds. The previous school record of 14:31.98, set by Erik Petersson, had stood for 13 years.

“We were very pleased with the way Ryan and Craig performed today,” UTA coach John Sauerhage said. “They are making the progress they need to make.”

The women’s 3200-meter relay team also had a strong showing, taking fifth with the second-best time in school history (8:53.89). The quartet consisted of Ashly Wright, Hannah Nilsson, Tamerah Gorham and Alison Williams.

In other action, Gabriela Alfonzo came in 10th in the women’s 5000m with a time of 17:31.47. Meanwhile, Aaron Purser took 14th in the 3000m steeplechase (9:59.66).

Also on the track, Sydney Hampton placed fifth in her section of the 1500m (4:38.15). Anthony Hilliman finished seventh in his section, and 15th overall, in the men’s event (3:56.03).



Rounding out the group was Ashley Burris, who placed 41st in the 400m hurdles with a clocking of 1:02.69. 

Action for the Mavericks at the Texas Relays continues Friday morning. In addition, UTA will also have athletes participating at Texas State’s Bobcat Invitational beginning tomorrow.



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