T&F: Distance duo impresses on day one at league meet

Gabriela Alfonzo established a new school record in the 10,000 meters on Friday.
May 8, 2015

Championship Central | Day 1 Results

By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com

GULF SHORES, Ala. - An individual conference title in the men's 10,000 meters and a women's school record in the same event highlighted day one for UT Arlington at the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday.

Craig Lautenslager capped a strong first day by the Mavericks by cruising to victory in the 10,000m. His time of 30:27.06 put the junior across the finish line more than 20 seconds ahead of the runner up. In addition, Lautenslager's time was the fourth-fastest in school history and a personal record.

For the women, Gabriela Alfonzo continued her record-setting season, as she posted a school standard (35:20.04) in the 10,000m. The junior finished as the league runner up with a time that was faster than the previous conference meet record.

Alfonzo's time toppled a 20-year-old school record established by Angela Nelson (35:24.99) in 1995. Alfonzo has now set new school marks in both the 5000m and 10,000m this spring.

UTA showed its depth in the men's longest distance race, as Michael Guerrero (5th, 31:08.65) and Eric Ojeda (6th, 31:27.67) gave the squad three runners in the top six in the 10,000m.

In the field, Ambria Tisdell scored four points with a fifth-place finish in the women's hammer throw. She posted a throw of 173 feet, 7 inches. Tisdell was joined in the points by Noemie Forget, who placed sixth in the women's pole vault after clearing 12 feet, 2 1/2 inches.

In the decathlon, Christian Schiemann sits in third place halfway through the men's multi-event with 3,485 points. Teammate Brandon Blanchard is fifth (3,427).

Schiemann's top performance came in the shot put, where he placed first. His 712 points scored were nearly 100 points more than the next closest competitor in that event. Meanwhile, Blanchard cleared 6 feet, 4 3/4 inches in the high jump to rank second in that event (758 points).

The decathlon will wrap up tomorrow with the 110m hurdles, discus, javelin, pole vault and 1500 meters. The first event is set for 9 a.m. The top score heading into the final day stands at 3,791.

A busy day at the league meet will continue with field events at 2 p.m. Running events are slated to begin at 5 p.m. 




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