By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
LAFAYETTE, La. - The UT Arlington track and field teams began action with a light schedule Friday at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The women scored seven points on day one to sit in seventh place, while the men totaled 11 (fifth place) on a day that featured just seven total scored events. The three-day meet will have seven more scored events Saturday, while the vast majority of contests are held Sunday.
"We will live to fight another day," head coach John Sauerhage said. "We had some good performances, and expect an even better day tomorrow."
For the women, Gabriela Alfonzo placed fourth in the 10,000m to earn a team-best five points. The senior, who battled injuries earlier in the spring, recovered in time to post a solid finish in 36:43.90.
Freshman Madison Pecot was the first point scorer for the UTA teams, as she finished seventh in the women's pole vault. She cleared 12 feet, 3 1/2 inches.
Eric Ojeda and Michael Guerrero crossed the line third and fourth in the men's 10,000 meters with times of 30:51.92 and 30:53.60, respectively. The distance duo accounted for all of the squad's points on the day.
On the women's side, Alexus Henry and Kaitlyn Miller are in scoring position through the first four of seven events of the heptathlon. Henry placed first in the high jump portion of the competition, clearing 5 feet, 7 3/4 inches. She has 3,060 points to rank fourth overall. Miller is in eighth place with 2,898 points.
The final three events of the heptathlon will be contested Saturday morning. Individual field events will then begin at 12:30 p.m., while running events start at 5 p.m.
Finals of the women's long jump, men's long jump, women's shot put, men's shot put and women's high jump, as well as the men's and women's 3000m steeplechase are on tap. The rest of Saturday's events are preliminaries.
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