April 5, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The UT Arlington men’s and women’s track and field teams posted some of the league’s top times and marks Saturday during their participation at the Crimson Tide Invite.
One of the main highlights came courtesy of Ashly Wright, who was the runner up in the 800 meters with a time of 2:07.55. Her clocking is the fastest in the Sun Belt Conference by three seconds.
The other women’s runner-up showing came from Shae Johnson in the 200 meters (24.69). She now owns the third fastest time in the league this year.
Hannah Nilsson claimed third place in a tight finish in the 1500m, and her time now leads the league by nearly five full seconds. With a run of 4:27.48, she was just .3 behind the winning time.
DeAndrea Smith performed well in her two individual events by taking third in the 400m (55.78) and fifth in the 200m (24.85).
On the men’s side, Roland Sales equaled his best mark of the year, which is also the league’s top clearance, when he took fourth in the high jump (6-10.75).
UTA’s distance runners also had good days. Craig Lautenslager placed sixth in the 1500m (3:52.73) with the fifth-fastest clocking in school history. Meanwhile, Virgilio Martinez’s 14:41.68 in a fifth-place showing in 5000m narrowly missed a school all-time top five.
Philip Critelli had a strong time in the 800m (1:51.56) and now ranks second in the league. His mark also was just shy of the UTA top five.
Other key efforts on Saturday came from Tobi Fawehinmi in the long jump (3rd, 7.22m), DeOna Stafford in the 100m hurdles (3rd, 14.13), Victoria Rimpsey in the 100m (4th, 12.10) and Katelyn Hayward in the 3000m steeplechase (5th, 10:38.94).
In addition to UT Arlington, the field consisted of Alabama, Florida State, Louisville, Missouri, Oklahoma and Penn State.
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