By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
NORMAN, Okla. – UT Arlington’s track and field teams made more strides in their preparation for the Sun Belt Conference meet Saturday, performing well at Oklahoma’s John Jacobs Invitational, the second-to-last regular season meet of 2015.
UTA competed with a select group of athletes due to individual training regimens as the league meet nears. Even with the limited number of competitors, the UTA men finished third with 87 points and the women were seventh (47 points) in a rare outdoor scored meet.
"We achieved what we were looking to do today," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "We had some season bests both on the track and in the field, which come at the right time as we hit the stretch run."
Connor Julian secured the top finish of the day for the Mavericks, as he was the runner up in the men’s 800 meters with a time of 1:53.05. Teammates Grayson Birka (1:54.60) and Ryan DeLeon (1:54.88) finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the event.
UTA was also strong in the men’s high jump, with Roland Sales once again leading the way. He claimed the third position, clearing 6 feet, 11 inches. Teammate Branden Perry was sixth (6 feet, 9 inches).
Three women claimed fourth-place showings in field events. Alexus Henry took fourth in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 5 ¼ inches, while Madison Pecot held down that spot in the pole vault (12 feet, 2 inches). Finally, Tricia Williams was fourth in the shot put at 49 feet, 5 1/4 inches. It was a personal best and the third-best throw in school history.
On the track, Alexis Baldwin placed fifth in the women’s 100 meters with a clocking of 11.93. Latrice Brooks was sixth in the women’s 800m (2:14.62).
In the relays, the men’s 4x100m squad took third place with a clocking of 41.31, while the women’s 4x400m placed third with a time of 3:48.42.
The John Jacobs Invitational included 28 college teams from all levels as well as a number of unattached professionals.
Following a week off from competition, UTA will close out the regular season Saturday, May 7 at the Longhorn Invitational. The SBC Championships will be held May 13-15 in Lafayette, La.
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