T&F: Fawehinmi, Butler shine Friday at Texas Relays

Tobi Fawehinmi set a world Paralympic record in the triple jump at the Texas Relays.
March 27, 2015

By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com

AUSTIN, Texas - UT Arlington enjoyed more stellar performances on day three of the 88th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays with big marks set both in the field and on the track.

Among the highlights of the day came courtesy of sophomore Tobi Fawehinmi, who set a world Paralympic record in the triple jump with a mark of 50 feet, 1/2 inch. The old record was set by China's Fuiland Liu (49 feet, 10 inches) in 2012. Fawehinmi's jump placed third in his section and 11th overall and narrowly missed a top-5 UTA mark.

In addition, Quentin Butler continued his standout senior campaign by qualifying for Saturday's finals in the 100 meters. Butler posted a personal-best time of 10.22 to rank second among 90 athletes. He will compete in the finals tomorrow at 3:18 p.m.

The men's 4x100m relay squad of Butler, Treyvion Johnson, Cameron Newson and Tarik Crear also qualified for the finals with the ninth-place time out of 49 schools. The Mavericks won their heat with a time of 40.55, upsetting host Texas.

The quartet will compete in the finals tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. UTA ran without All-American Clayton Vaughn, who was scratched from that event as well as the 100 meters due to injury.

On the women's side, the 4x400m relay squad of Dasia Rolfe, Tamerah Gorham, Ashly Wright and Taylor Davis placed 13th (3:43.71).

Meanwhile, the women's 4x100m relay team of Megan Thompson, Kailey Bostic, Porschea Wilson and Victoria Rimpsey placed 30th overall with a clocking of 47.59.

In other action, Briana Brown placed 46th in the women's 100m hurdles with a time of 14.86. In the men's 110m hurdles, Emeka Nwangwu took 39th (15.14), while Victor Fincher was 42nd among the 60-person field (15.24).

At the Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos, Grant Copeland finished fifth in the 1500m (3:55.89). In addition, Ambria Tisdell's discus throw of 153-04 was good for fifth place in school history.

The Texas Relays will conclude Saturday at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Live coverage of the meet will be available on the Longhorn Network.




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