SAN MARCOS, Texas – The UTA track and field teams added four more individual conference titles and a relay crown on Sunday during the final day at the 2018 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships. The Mavericks completed the three-day meet with 10 total titles.
As a team, the men placed third among 10 teams in the standings with 109 points. Meanwhile, the women secured the fourth position out of 12 schools with 89 points.
For the women, Chineme Obikudu had the squad’s lone victory on Sunday. She won the triple jump with a mark of 42-7 ½ (12.99m). Her effort was a personal best and ranks as the No. 2 jump in school history. She is one of just three Mavericks ever to top the 42-foot mark.
The men also had a victory in the field, as Adam Damadzic opened Championship Sunday by winning the men’s discus with a throw of 55.34m (181-07). He was seeded No. 2 going into the meet and is ranked among the nation’s top 25 in the event.
On the track, Emeka Nwangwu won his third consecutive SBC title in the 110m hurdles, this time by clocking in with a season-best time of 13.90. The senior also won the 60m hurdles at the indoor league meet in February.
In addition, Erik Martinsson repeated as the Sun Belt champion in the 800 meters in a thrilling race. The junior claimed victory by .12 with a time of 1:49.10.
The men’s 4x400m relay team of D’Undre Mitchell, Martinsson, Brenden Wallace and David Seastrunk capped off the meet by winning in impressive fashion. The Mavs led at each exchange and crossed the line in 3:07.93.
Meanwhile, Justin Domangue finished second in the 5000 meters (14:55.40) to complete an incredible weekend. He took home two gold medals (10,000m and 3000m steeplechase) to go along with Sunday’s silver in the three longest races of the meet. In all, he totaled 28 points and collected the meet’s High Point Scorer award.
On the women’s side, Tori Shelton also added a silver medal in the event on Sunday. She posted a 5k time of 17:56.14 in her runner-up showing that followed a gold-medal performance in the 10,000 meters Friday. With 18 points, Shelton finished with the fifth-most points among all women.
UTA’s other podium finisher on Sunday evening was Joel Duren, who finished third in the 1500 meters with a time of 3:56.71.
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