Jan. 9, 2008

RENO, Nev. - In UT Arlington's first meet of the indoor season, junior pole vaulter Wade Hayes cleared 16 feet, 3 inches to lead the Maverick men's team at the 18th Annual National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev.

Nina Guerrero and Chelsea Pope each cleared 10 feet, 2 inches each to lead the women.

"It was fortunate as well as educational for our athletes to be able to get out there and compete for the first time in the indoor season," UTA track and field coach John Sauerhage said. "We had some good performances, and hopefully, it will carry over to the whole team when everybody gets the season started next weekend."

UTA's entire team opens the 2008 indoor season Jan. 18 at the Texas Tech Invitational in Lubbock.

In the Reno meet, Hayes finished second in the College Men's 2 Division.

In the College Men 6 Division UT Arlington sophomore Cory Carswell vaulted 14 feet, 9 inches, which was good enough for a sixth-place tie.

The highlight of the women's competition for the Mavericks was the combined performances from Guerrero and Pope, who each cleared 10 feet, 2 inches to finish atop the College Women 7 Division. Freshman Samantha Nash finished 13th in the College Women's 4 Division by clearing a height of 10 feet.

"For Wade Hayes to clear 16-3 in his first meet was very encouraging, so we were very pleased with his performance," Sauerhage said. "It has been a very long time around here since an athlete turned in that height in his first time out."




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