May 11, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington women's team placed second and the men's squad took third at a spirited 2013 Western Athletic Conference Championships at Maverick Stadium.
The women netted 140 points to finish behind Texas State (179) and well ahead of third-place Idaho (116). The men, meanwhile, totaled 136 points to wind up 13 behind champion Texas State (149) and seven in back of Utah State (143) in a tight race.
Senior Shannon Reynolds completed an impressive double to lead the Mavericks and cart home the prestigious High Point Performer of the Meet honor. Reynolds posted a victory in the 100 meters with a time of 11.51 and then followed it up with a triumph in the 200m (23.47). She also anchored the relay team to a second-place finish to score 22 total points.
"It feels great to actually accomplishment two gold medals and a silver," Reynolds. "I was aggressive and I definitely feel like I earned it."
Teammate Hannah Nilsson was the conference champion in the 1500m (4:27.45) holding off a strong challenge at the finish line. Her time was the third fastest in school history.
"It was an amazing feeling," Nilsson said. "I felt so strong the entire race. At the end, I was thinking `Just kick it. You can't lose this.'"
In the triple jump, the men scored big points with three Mavericks placing among the top six. Omar Barnes topped the medal stand, earning a conference title with a leap of 51 feet 1 ½ inches. His mark ranked fourth in school history.
"It feels good," Barnes said. "It's been a long season for me. I've had some tough meets. It's good that it all came together at the right time."
UTA also had a number of second-place finishers. Ashly Wright was the closest to adding a conference championship to her resume, as she nearly tallied a comeback win in the 800 meters, coming up short by just .01 (2:07.34).
Ashley Burris was the runner up in the 400m hurdles with an impressive time of 1:00.59, the fourth-best effort in school history. In addition, DeAndrea Smith was the silver medalist in the 400m with a clocking of 54.61.
On the men's side, Roland Sales was the runner up in the high jump by clearing 6 feet, 11 ½ inches to set a personal record. He narrowly missed an all-time top-five mark.
DeOna Stafford was recognized on the All-WAC first team after placing third in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.59. It was the second-fastest clocking in UTA annals.
A pair of Mavericks earned second-team all-league honors in the 5000 meters, as Ryan Tilotta placed fifth (15:04.96) and Craig Lautenslager was one spot behind him in 15:07.52. Tilotta added took fourth in the 1500 meters (3:57.19).
In other action, Quentin Butler placed fifth in the 100m (10.41), while Philip Critelli snagged fifth in the 800m (1:55.48) and Anthony Hilliman added a point with an eighth-place showing in the 1500m (3:59.18).
The women continued to perform well in the sprints. Breonna Baldwin grabbed fifth in the 400 meters (55.91) one place ahead of Smith (24.09), while Keondra Mallard finished seventh (24.15) in the 200 meters. Additionally, the 4x400 relay team of Burris, Baldwin, Wright and Smith had the third-fastest time in school history in a runner-up showing (3:41.31).
Also, LaDoreal Thompson crossed fifth in the 100 meters (11.85), while Jennifer Brown landed fifth in the triple jump (39-04.00). In the women's pole vault, Julianne Burch placed sixth to earn second-team all-league plaudits (10-06.25).
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