T&F: Rodriguez and Koenig's titles highlight day one for UTA

Emily Koenig won the 5000 meters at the SLC Indoor Championships.

Feb. 24, 2012

NORMAN, Okla. - Individual conference titles from Jeff Rodriguez (pole vault) and Emily Koenig (5000 meters) highlighted UT Arlington's opening day at the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Rodriguez, who owned the conference's second-best mark heading into the league championships, cleared a school-record 5.35 meters en route to the victory. He bested his own school record of 5.32 meters established two weeks ago.

Koenig, a former SLC cross country champion, claimed the 5000 meters with a time of 17:00.05. It was the second-fastest time in school history.

The Mavericks also had others score big points in those events as well, as Romain Martin grabbed third in the pole vault (5.05m) and Maria Sandstrom came in third in the 5000 in 17:34.85.

A pair of Mavs performed well in the men's high jump, as Isiah Clements took third in the high jump (2.02m), while Kemarki Absalom tied for fourth. Absalom also scored in the long jump (7.01m), placing eighth.

In addition, the UTA women placed third in the women's distance medley with a clocking of 11:59.59. The quartet included Sydney Hampton, Courtney Blacknall, Ashly Wright and Lindsey Putman.

Through four of the seven events, Martin is well on his way to defending his conference crown in the heptathlon. On Friday, he won the 60-meter dash, shot put and high jump, and was runner up in the long jump. He will compete in the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1000 meters on Saturday.



After six scored events, the men sit in fourth with 29 points. UTSA leads with 54 points, and is followed by Stephen F. Austin (32) and Lamar (31).

With 22 points, the women rank fifth through five scored events. Stephen F. Austin (41.5) is first, with UTSA (31), McNeese (26) and Texas State (26) following.

Saturday's events begin at 8:30 a.m. with the fifth event of the heptathlon. Field events begin at 11 a.m., while the finals of the running events begin at 1:30 p.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. For live scoring, visit: http://cfpitiming.com/liveresults/2012_Indoor/Southland_2012/.



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