SAN MARCOS, Texas – The UTA track and field teams claimed three individual wins on an exciting opening day of action at the Sun Belt Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Madison Pecot began the winning ways by claiming the women’s pole vault. She cleared a season-best height of 4.10m (13-5 ½) to sweep the indoor and outdoor conference titles during 2018.
Tori Shelton snagged her first individual conference championship by winning the women’s 10,000 meters. Shelton took the race by eight seconds after biding her time until the final lap. Her final clocking was 37:39.92 in a race she had not run this season.
Justin Domangue capped the night by securing the men’s event with a time of 31:32.60. He is the second straight Maverick to win the 10,000 meters, following teammate Michael Guerrero. Domangue entered the final lap side-by-side with Texas State’s Joseph Meade, but dominated the final lap en route to a six-second win.
On the women’s side, Rhiley Fritz placed fourth in the javelin with a mark of 145-04 (44.29m) to score five team points. Three more points came courtesy of Macey Beazley, who took sixth in the 10,000m (39:46.40). For the men, Cole Klashinsky finished fifth in the 10,000m in 32:32.83 to give UTA four points.
Through four scored events on the women’s side, the Mavs are in third place with 28 points. The men are in fifth through three scored events (14 points).
In addition, the Mavericks had several athletes advance through the prelims in running events. For the women, the group included Tatyana Terrell in the 200m (24.30), Maddee Rowe in the 1500m (4:34.14) and Astrid Rosvall (4:37.85).
Action kicks off on Saturday at 9 a.m. with the finishes of the multi-events. Individual field events will commence at noon, while track events start at 6:30 p.m.
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