Feb. 25, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. (Feb. 25, 2012) - The UT Arlington men's and women's track and field teams each recorded runner-up finishes at the Southland Conference Championships. Individually, the Mavericks had five wins on Saturday, two by the men and three on the women's side, giving them seven conference champions over the two-day event.
Leading the way on day two was Shannon Reynolds, who won a pair of events - the women's 60 and 200 meters. The junior sprinter ran 7.51 seconds in the 60 and posted a 24.32 time in the 200.
The other women's champion was DeAndrea Smith, who won the 400 meters. Her time of 55.65 was just .11 off the school's all-time record set back in 1998.
For the men, Romain Martin defended his heptathlon crown by scoring 5,552 points. Martin also scored for UTA in the 60-meter hurdles (8.20), placing third. Friday night he finished fourth in the pole vault, giving him the High Points Award at the league meet.
UTA went 3-4 in the men's mile run courtesy of Emil Blomberg (4:12.57) and Anthony Hilliman (4:14.12). In the field, Omar Barnes had a bronze-medal placing in the triple jump with a length of 15.10 meters.
UTSA once again won the men's title with 134 points, while runner-up UTA totaled 99. Stephen F. Austin (85) placed third.
For the women, Lindsey Putman placed second in the mile with a clocking of 5:02.95, with teammate Sydney Hampton just behind (4th, 5:05.08). The women also snagged second and fourth in the 800 with Ashly Wright (2:15.01) and Putman 2:15.59.
Stephen F. Austin claimed the women's crown with 117.5 points to top UTA (102) by 15.5 points. With 82 points, Texas State ranked third.
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