T&F: Mavericks brace for Sun Belt Outdoor Championships

Tamerah Gorham has the league's top 800m time in 2016.

May 12, 2016

By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com

The UT Arlington men's and women's track and field teams will perform in their signature meet of the season this weekend when they venture to Lafayette, La., for the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The men are the two-time defending outdoor league champions, while the women placed fourth a year ago. The three-day meet will begin Friday morning and wrap up Sunday night at the Ragin' Cajuns Soccer/Track Facility.

"We are excited to be back at the Sun Belt Conference Championships, and this figures to be another tremendous event," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "We have a lot of respect for the schools in this conference. We truly enjoy the challenge of competing against strong teams, and we look forward to seeing how we stack up."

In addition to its hopes for strong team finishes, UTA has a number of individual title contenders on both the men's and women's sides.

For the women, Tamerah Gorham currently owns the best time in the league in the 800 meters (2:09.81). She won the individual crown in the event in 2014 and was the runner-up last year.

A second-team All-American during the indoor season, Roland Sales ranks first in the SBC in the high jump (7 feet, 1/2 inch). He has won three straight league crowns in the high jump, winning the outdoor event in 2015 and indoor championships in 2015 and 2016.

In addition, Michael Guerrero is first in the men's 10,000 meters (29:52.45). He placed fifth in the event a year ago, but has shaved 1:16 off his time since that performance 12 months ago.

In the women's high jump, Alexus Henry sits second with a best mark of 5 feet, 10 1/2 inches. That figure ranks tied for 24th nationally this year. In addition, Henry is listed fourth in the SBC in the heptathlon (4,662 points).

Katelyn Hayward is also among the league leaders in multiple events. She enters the meet seeded second in the 3000m steeplechase (10:36.42) and fifth in the 1500m (4:35.45).

Two UTA men are among the top four in the 1500m, Joel Duren (3rd, 3:49.09) and Grant Copeland (4th, 3:49.41). Another member of the distance crew, Eric Ojeda, is third in the 5000 meters (14:35.11).

Other women highly ranked in the Sun Belt are Alexis Baldwin in the 100 meters (3rd, 11.62), Madison Pecot in the pole vault (4th, 12 feet, 9 1/2 inches) and Latrice Brooks in the 800m (5th, 2:12.97).

The remaining men, all of whom rank fifth in their respective events, are: Branden Perry in the high jump (6 feet, 9 3/4 inches), Tobi Fawehinmi in the triple jump (50 feet, 2 3/4 inches) and Brenden Wallace in the 400 meters (47.60). 

In addition, both UTA 4x400m relay teams are second in the league. The men have a season-best time of 3:09.26, while the women own a 3:41.72.

Multi-events will kick off the meet Friday at 9 a.m. The day also will include finals in the hammer throw, javelin, women's pole vault and the 10,000 meters.

Live results of the meet will be available here. Live streaming video will be available here.





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