T&F: UTA closes regular season at Longhorn Invitational

Madison Pecot matched the second-best pole vault in school history on Saturday.
May 7, 2016

By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com

AUSTIN, Texas – UT Arlington took a handful of athletes to the Longhorn Invitational on Saturday, as the Mavericks closed out the outdoor track and field regular season at the renowned Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

A limited number of participants used the Longhorn Invitational as a final tune-up, while the remainder of UTA athletes continued their training regimens in Arlington. Officially, it was the final event prior to the Sun Belt Conference Championships (Friday through Sunday) in Lafayette, La.

Madison Pecot highlighted the day, placing ninth in the women’s pole vault with a mark of 12 feet, 9 ½ inches (3.90m). That mark tied her personal best set earlier this year. It also is the second-best clearance in school history, and ranks fourth in the Sun Belt this season. In addition, it is 64th on the NCAA West Qualifying List.

In the men’s 1500 meters, Grayson Birka finished sixth with a time of 3:58.60, while Cameron Woodberry was one spot behind his teammate (3:58.83).

Also on the track, Karl Goodman placed sixth in the men’s 400 meters with a clocking of 50.05. In the field, Dylan Gale closed the day by taking ninth in the men’s pole vault (15 feet, 7 ¼ inches).

In addition to UTA and Texas, other Division I schools with competitors included: Baylor, North Texas and Tulane. The meet also featured a large number of unattached and professional athletes preparing for Olympic Trials this summer.






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