By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
WALNUT, Calif. -- UT Arlington athletes turned in a number of stellar performances Thursday and Friday, as three school records fell at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays.
"We have had some impressive efforts here," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "A lot of hard work is really paying off, and we are very proud of these kids."
On Friday evening, Emil Blomberg smashed his own school record in the 3000m steeplechase with a clocking of 8:36.98 at the Mt. SAC Relays. He now ranks third in the nation in the event. Blomberg placed fourth overall and second among college runners at the meet. His clocking was eight seconds faster than his personal-best mark set a year ago.
Gabriela Alfonzo also obliterated her own school standard in the 5000m with a time of 16:32.39. Alfonzo's fifth-place time as qualified her for the Pan Am Games for Venezuela. It was 20 seconds faster than her record set less than a month ago and ranks as the best in the league by nearly half a minute.
Craig Lautenslager was the third UTA runner to break his own school record. His 5000m time of 14:17.74 topped his time from a year ago by three seconds. It is the fastest clocking in the Sun Belt this season and ranks among the nation's top 100 times.
In addition, Christian Schiemann set a personal record in the decathlon at the nearby Bryan Clay Invitational by scoring 7,058 points. It is the third-highest total in school history and currently ranks among the nation's top 20. In addition, he has taken over the top spot in the Sun Belt Conference. He finished seventh among collegians at the event and 11th overall.
Meanwhile, Michael Guerrero posted a time of 30:24.31 in the 10,000 meters on Thursday evening. It ranks as the third-best time in school annals.
Tori Shelton also turned in a strong 5000m run with a 26-second personal record. She finished in 17:00.22 for the fourth-fastest time in UTA history. Brandon Blanchard participated in the decathlon at the California Invitational and finished with 6,385 points.
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