By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington will be competing in its penultimate regular season meet of the year on Saturday at the 47th John Jacobs Invitational hosted by the University of Oklahoma.
Following this meet, UTA will have just the Longhorn Invitational (May 7) prior to competing in the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships May 13-15 in Lafayette, La.
"We have reached a key time of the season as we prepare for the league championships," UT Arlington coach John Sauerhage said. "We are looking forward to getting out there again against very good competition, and feel as though we are poised to perform well this weekend."
Within the Sun Belt Conference, the Mavericks boast the top-ranked athlete in four men’s events. On the track, Brenden Wallace own’s the top 400m time (47.60), while Joel Duren leads the way in the 1500m (3:49.09) and Michael Guerrero holds down the No. 1 spot in the 10,000m (29:52.45). In the field, Roland Sales possesses the best high jump mark (2.15m).
On the women’s side, Tamerah Gorham leads the conference in the 800 meters with a clocking of 2:09.81. The Mavericks also have the second- and third-best times in the event courtesy of Latrice Brooks (2:12.97) and Anamarija Petters (2:13.34).
Nationally, UTA has six athletes currently in position to qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary Round, the precursor to the NCAA Championships.
The women’s list includes: Alexus Henry (7th in high jump), Katelyn Hayward (42nd) in 3000m steeplechase) and Tricia Williams (44th in shot put). For the men, Sales (16th in high jump), Tobi Fawehinmi (22nd in long jump) and Emeka Nwangwu (37th in 110m hurdles) are among the all-important top 48 in the region.
The John Jacobs Invitational, which includes a total of 28 teams (14 men and 14 women), will begin with the men’s and women’s hammer throw on Friday evening. The remainder of the events take place on Saturday, with field events starting at 10 a.m. and running events commencing at 12:15 p.m.
Live results will be available at cfpitiming.com.
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