Koby Styles
Koby Styles

Feb. 16, 2007

HOUSTON, Texas - Koby Styles came to UT Arlington after a stellar cross country career at East Central Oklahoma University. With no track program at ECU, Styles transferred to UTA to make his college career complete and compete in track and field for one season.

Styles clocked a time of 14:30.42 to blow away the field and shatter the school record to win the 5,000-meter race during the opening day of the Southland Conference Indoor Track Championships here Friday.

"Koby just blew away the field," said UT Arlington Head Track and Field Coach John Sauerhage. "The men had a really good first day. We've got a lot of people in the finals on Saturday and we have given ourselves a chance to win (the team title).

Styles' time was just three seconds off the meet record time of 14:27.39 set by Randy Arias in 2004 and was a new school record, eclipsing the old mark of 14:46.20 set by Erik Peterson in 2001. The Mavs scored 13 points in the event as Jody Broccoli-Hickey took seventh place with a 15:05.36 and Armando Saldivar clocked a 15:06.70 for eighth place.

The 5,000-meter results along with a third-place finish in the distance medley relay in the final race of the night lifted the Mavericks into second place in the team standings after the opening day - 8.5 points behind defending champion Stephen F. Austin. The Lumberjacks lead the two-day meet with 46 .5 points. UT Arlington (38), Southeastern Louisiana (30), UTSA (28.5), McNeese State (23.5), Texas State (21.5), Lamar (16), Sam Houston State (13), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (10), Northwestern State (4) and Central Arkansas (2) round out the standings after six events.

The distance medley relay team of Idilio Campos, Aron Morgan, Zach Davis and Ozie Hood earned all-conference honors with a third-place finish after a time of 10:13.39.



Defending long jump champion, Quinchun Carey, earned all-SLC honors for the fourth time in his career with a third-place finish following a leap of 23-09.

The Mavs collected 11 points in the pole vault after a third-place finish by Wade Hayes and fourth place by freshman Jared Tuel. Both cleared career-best heights of 16-06.75.

In the high jump, Andrew Duncan III was seventh with a jump of 6-07.50.

Saturday begins with the final three events of the men's heptathlon. Field events begin at 11 a.m. and the running finals are slated to begin at 1:30 p.m.

The Mavs qualified at least two participants in five events - mile run, 800 meters, 60-meter hurdles, 200 meters and 60 meters.

In the 200 meters, seniors Jared Connaughton and Coby Morrison finished with the top two prelim times. Connaughton is the meet record holder and scored 18 points at the SLC Indoor last year.

Other to qualify for Saturday's finals are: Jon McDowell (60 meter-hurdles), Timothy Thompson (60-meter hurdles), Eddie Beckwith (400 meters), Hood (mile run), Campos (mile run and 800 meters), Davis (800 meters), Connaughton (60 and 200 meters), Morrison (60 and 200 meters).


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