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T&F: Distance runners key strong Saturday for UTA track

Emily Koenig competed in the 5000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Emily Koenig competed in the 5000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays.

April 21, 2012

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LONG BEACH, Calif. - The UTA track and field teams completed their stay in California with strong performances Saturday, especially in the distance events, at the VS Athletics/Beach Invitational.

Emil Blomberg, who had a UTA all-time top-five time in the steeplechase Thursday at the Mt. SAC Relays, continued his strong performance on the West Coast, winning his heat of the 1500 in a time of 3:51.62.

Blomberg edged teammate Anthony Hilliman, who also posted a season-best time of 3:53.92 in the event.

In addition, Hance Loyd established a personal record in the steeplechase with a time of 9:23.35, a full 15 seconds faster than his top time this year.

In other men's performances, Anthony Rene's 800 run of 1:52.96 was his best mark of the year, while Omar Barnes recorded the best triple jump by a UTA athlete this year (15.01m).

The women's team was very solid in the 800 meters as Lindsey Putman finished sixth in the top flight of the event with a time of 2:10.93. In addition, Ashly Wright (2:11.51), Elin Andersson (2:12.91) and Courtney Mose (2:14.24) all posted their best times of the season in the 800.

Hannah Nilsson logged her season-best 1500-meter time, running a 4:35.48 to finish third in her heat, while Breonna Baldwin won her section of the 400 meters with a clocking of 56.54.

At the Mt. SAC Relays, Emily Koenig placed 14th in her heat of the 5000 meters, carding a time of 16:57.02.

UTA will return to action next Friday and Saturday at the Track-It Buster Invitational in Wichita, Kan. It is the final event prior to the Southland Conference Championships for the Mavericks.