AUSTIN, Texas – The UTA men’s and women’s track and field teams smashed school records and posted Sun Belt-leading marks in strong showings at the Mt. SAC Relays and the Texas Invitational.
Craig Lautenslager broke his own 5000-meter school record by 21 seconds late Friday evening at the Mt. SAC Relays with a clocking of 13:56.85. He placed 16th among the 47 runners entered in the elite race, 12th among collegians.
Meanwhile at the Texas Invitational, freshman Helen Falda eclipsed her own school record in the women’s pole vault by three inches. Her mark of 14-4 ½ (4.38m) is now tied for sixth in the nation this season. She placed third, second among college athletes.
On the Austin track, Tamerah Gorham registered the top time in the Sun Belt this season (2:08.66) in winning the women’s 800 meters. It was just .03 off her personal-best, which is the No. 5 time in school history.
UTA’s other victory closed the day at the Texas Invitational, as the men’s 4x400m relay won the competition with an SBC-best time of 3:10.49. The quartet consisted of De’Vion Simpson, Garrett Moore, D’Undre Mitchell and Brenden Wallace.
Back in California, Michael Guerrero ran a 14:21.86 in the 5000 meters, giving him the No. 2 mark in school history. Justin Domangue gave the Mavericks three of the top six times in school history with a 14:29.68, just a second off a top-five clocking.
Tori Shelton led the women’s distance crew at the Mt. SAC Relays. She finished the 5000m in 17:03.18, which is just three seconds off her personal record, which stands as the No. 4 time in school annals.
Falda wasn’t the only Maverick soaring at the Texas Invitational. Teammate Madison Pecot cleared a new personal best (13-8 ½), improving upon her No. 2 UTA all-time pole vault mark and the No. 2 SBC jump this season.
Victoria Rimpsey raced to an 11.65 in the women’s 100 meters to highlight the sprinters’ efforts. It was a season-best clocking and the third-best time in the Sun Belt this season.
For the men, Victor Fincher snagged fifth in the 110m hurdles with a clocking of 14.03, the top time in the SBC in 2017.
UTA returns to action next Saturday at the John Jacobs Invitational in Norman, Okla.
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