By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
AUSTIN, Texas – Katelyn Hayward’s runner-up finish in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase highlighted the first day of action for UT Arlington at the 89th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Hayward finished first among collegiate competitors with a time of 10:36.42. That mark broke her own school record set two year ago by a half-second. In addition, her time ranks as the 11th best nationally in 2016.
In other action, Tamerah Gorham grabbed seventh place in the women’s 800m invitational race with a time of 2:09.81. The conference leader in the event established a season-best time on Thursday.
Gabriela Alfonzo continued the strong performances for the women’s distance crew. The senior placed 13th in the 5000 meters with a clocking of 17:21.60.
Finally, in the women’s hammer throw, Ambria Tisdell placed 21st with a heave of 166 feet (50.60m).
Four UTA men also competed on Thursday, with a pair taking part in the 1500 meters. Grant Copeland was fifth in his section with a time of 3:53.01, while Joel Duren had the same placement in his group (3:56.19).
Michael Guerrero and Eric Ojeda closed the night with strong 5000-meter runs. Guerrero finished 14th (14:49.85), while Ojeda was 17th (15:02.58).
Action for the Mavericks continues Friday at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Live scoring is available at http://primetimetiming.com/2016/TexasRelays/.
The Longhorn Network will have live television coverage Friday 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.
UTA had also had a group of throwers competing at Texas State’s Bobcat Invitational. Tricia Williams had the best day, finishing 10th in the discus with a mark of 148 feet, 9 inches (45.33m).
Live scoring of the Bobcat Invitational is available at http://www.results.corinthwellness.com/tstate/.
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