By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Following a busy week that closed March, the UT Arlington men's and women's track and field teams will open April by remaining in the state to compete Friday at the Baylor Invitational in Waco, Texas.
Last week, the Mavericks competed at both the Texas Relays in Austin and the Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos, Texas. This weekend, another top-notch field awaits in the first-ever meet at Baylor's Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium.
Nine teams are slated to attend. In addition to UTA and Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota (women), North Texas, Oklahoma, SMU (women), Texas State and TCU will compete.
UTA is coming off a number of historic performances at the Texas Relays. Most notably, sophomore Tobi Fawehinmi set the men's world Paralympic record in the triple jump with a mark of 50 feet, 1/2 inch.
Additionally, Gabriela Alfonzo broke the school's all-time standard in the women's 5000 meters with a time of 16:52.45. In the men's 5000m, Eric Ojeda (14:28.39) registered the fourth-best clocking in school history.
Quentin Butler also added his name to the top-5 school list in the 100 meters (10.18) and helped lead the 4x100m relay team to the finals of the event.
Each of those four athletes leads the Sun Belt Conference in their respective events this year. In addition, Philip Critelli (1:51.89) tops the league in the 800m and Roland Sales is first in the high jump (6 feet, 11 inches).
"We've had some really nice performances early in the season," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "We'll look to continue that trend this week at a very good meet."
Field events for the Baylor Invitational begin at 11 a.m., while running events start at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth, ages 2-17.
Live results will be available at Delta Timing and BaylorBears.com.
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