May 9, 2014
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Craig Lautenslager won the 10000 meters to give UT Arlington a strong start to the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Just three men's and four women's events were scored on the opening day of the three-day meet.
After Friday's action, the men sit in second place with 20 points, which is 15 behind South Alabama. Meanwhile, the women are sixth with 10.5 points. The meet endured a pair of lengthy weather delays.
Lautenslager posted a time of 31:16.25 in the longest distance event of the meet and won the race by more than four seconds. Teammate Eric Ojeda placed seventh in 32:06.31. The two finishes gave the Mavericks an event-high 12 team points.
In the men's javelin, Ivan Storic was the conference runner up with a throw of 216-02. He netted the Mavericks eight points with his effort.
A pair of women's pole vaulters earned points after clearing 3.59 meters. Noemie Forget topped that height in her first try to tie for fourth place and gain 4.5 points, while Julianne Burch made it in her second attempt to finish seventh (2 points).
Also on the women's side, Gabriela Alfonzo placed fifth in the 10000m with a clocking of 37:00.17. That earned UTA its other four team points.
At the midway point of the decathlon, Brandon Blanchard sits in sixth place with 3,596 points. John Frnka is also sitting in point position in eighth place (3,374 points). The final five events will be the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500 meters.
Shae Johnson resides in fourth place through four of the heptathlon's seven events. She has 3,061 points heading into Saturday's long jump, javelin and 800 meters.
The multi-events will kick off day two action at 10 a.m. Finals in the field events will begin at 2 p.m., while prelims for the running events commence at 5 p.m.
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