By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
LAFAYETTE, La. - Katelyn Hayward's runner-up finish in the women's 3000m steeplechase highlighted Saturday's action for UT Arlington at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
After two days of competition, the women have 19.5 points to sit in seventh place through nine scored events, while the men have a total of 14 in seven scored events to reside in eighth place.
"It was a tough day for us, but we had some definite bright spots," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "We will come out tomorrow and give everything we have in order to finish as high as possible in the team standings."
Hayward's silver medal came in a school-record performance. Her time (10:29.89) broke her own school mark by seven seconds, and it would rank 81st nationally this year.
Alexus Henry finished in the points in two events. The freshman earned two by virtue of a seventh-place finish in the heptathlon with a personal record 4,718 points. She also tied for 8th place in the high jump (5 feet, 5 1/4 inches) to claim a half-point.
Also in the field, Tricia Williams netted two points (seventh place) in the shot put with a mark of 48 feet, 8 1/4 inches.
For the men, Roland Sales scored UTA's three Saturday points courtesy of a sixth-place finish in the long jump (23 feet, 8 inches).
UTA also qualified a number of athletes for finals on Sunday. Alexis Baldwin will be especially busy, as she qualified for the finals in the 100 meters and 200 meters. She placed sixth in the prelims of the 100m (11.80) and seventh in the 200m (24.19).
In the 400 meters, Taylor Davis' qualifying time (54.32) was the best. In addition, Tamera Gorham had the top clocking in the 800m prelims, as she crossed in a time of 2:10.09.
For the men, freshman Conner Julian was the top finisher in the 800m (1:51.97). Additionally, a pair of Mavericks, Brenden Wallace (2nd, 47.27) and Erik Martinsson (5th, 47.51), will run in the 400m final on Sunday.
Other men's qualifiers include De'Vion Simpson in the 800m (1:52.11), Emeka Nwangwu in the 110m hurdles (6th, 14.42) and Petter Gustafsson in the 400m hurdles (54.19). On the women's side, Shaniece Prevot qualified fourth in the 400m hurdles (1:02.27).
The final day of action will begin at 10 a.m. with individual field events. Running events begin at 10 a.m. Running events will commence at 5 p.m.
Live video and live results are available on SunBeltSports.org.
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