By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
AUSTIN, Texas – UT Arlington’s men’s 4x400-meter relay team qualified for Saturday’s finals to highlight action in wet, windy, chilly conditions Friday at the 89th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
The 4x400 quartet of D’Undre Mitchell, Brenden Wallace, Styron Williams and Erik Martinsson were clocked at 3:12.84 to qualify in eighth position. Nine teams advanced to tomorrow’s final, which will be contested at 4:35 p.m. Martinsson ran a strong anchor leg to help the Mavericks place second in their heat.
"It's hard enough with the outstanding competition at this meet, but when you add in the adversity with tough weather conditions and rain delays, it makes it even more of a challenge for our young team," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "We showed some competitive pride getting into the 4x4 final."
The women’s 4x400m relay team of Taylor Davis, Shaniece Prevot, Dasia Rolfe and Tamerah Gorham also had a strong effort, placing 15th in 3:50.15.
In the field, Tobi Fawehinmi placed 11th in his section of the triple jump with a mark of 47 feet, 1 1/2 inches.
In women’s sprint action, Alexis Baldwin (18th) ran a time of 12.00 and Arien Hardin (38th) posted a 12.28 in the women’s 100m. Davina Lufuluabo recorded a 14.83 in the women’s 100m hurdles to place 50th.
In the 4x100m relays, UTA men finished 29th (41.99), while the women were 39th (49.39).
The meet was delayed twice by weather in the morning session for a total of three hours. Temperatures never reached 60 degrees and wind gusted throughout the day.
Action for the Mavericks concludes Saturday at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Live scoring is available at http://primetimetiming.com/2016/TexasRelays/. The Longhorn Network will have live television coverage for four hours beginning at 1:30 p.m.
UTA also had field athletes competing at Texas State’s Bobcat Invitational. Dylan Gale tied for fourth in the men’s pole vault (15 feet, 5 inches). Other top-10 performances came from Ambria Tisdell (7th, 169-10) and Tricia Williams (9th, 161-03) in the women’s discus.
Live scoring of the Bobcat Invitational is available at http://www.results.corinthwellness.com/tstate/.
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