T&F: UTA set to compete at Texas Relays

Gabriela Alfonzo will be competing in her final Texas Relays this week.
March 30, 2016

By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com

The UT Arlington men's and women's track and field teams are fielding a strong contingent of athletes this week for the 89th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays hosted by the University of Texas.

Ten different Maverick men have qualified in individual events, while UTA will also field four relay squads. Meanwhile, the women will have nine individual event participants and three relay teams.

"This is one of the most anticipated meets of the year for everyone," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "The event is world class, and it affords us a great chance to see how we measure up against the very best."

For the men, Petter Gustaffson will see action in a pair of individual events, the 110m and 400m hurdles. Other Mavericks competing in sprints will be Reggie Hinson and Deontre Haynes (100m), and Emeka Nwangwu (110m hurdles).

Distance runners for the UTA men are Grant Copeland and Joel Duren in the 1500 meters, as well as Michael Guerrero and Eric Ojeda in the 5000m.



In the field, All-American Roland Sales (high jump) and Tobi Fawehinmi (triple jump) will compete. Last year, Fawehinmi set a world Paralympic record in the event during the Texas Relays.

The men will also field 4x100m, 4x400m, 4x800m and distance medley relay teams.

For the women, two distance standouts are slated to run. Katelyn Hayward will contest the 3000m steeplechase, while Gabriela Alfonzo will run the 5000 meters.

Alexis Baldwin and Arien Hardin will run the 100 meters in Austin. Three hurdlers also will take part, with Davina Lufuluabo and Kaitlyn Miller (110m hurdles) and Shaniece Prevot (400m hurdles). 

Off the track, Alexus Henry will participate in the high jump, while Ambria Tisdell will throw the hammer. Relay teams from UTA include the 4x100m, 4x400m and 4x800m squads.

Action for the Mavericks begins Thursday at Mike A. Myers Stadium. The 89th running of the meet will draw more than 7,500 athletes from the high school, collegiate and professional ranks. Live scoring is available here. 

The Longhorn Network will have live coverage from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. On Friday, coverage will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 7 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, the LHN will air events live for four hours beginning at 1:30 p.m.

In addition to the Texas Relays, the Mavericks also will have a group of field event participants in action at the Texas State Invitational in San Marcos, Texas, over the same three-day period. Live scoring is available here.



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