April 4, 2009
Austin, Texas -
The Mavs track teams saved some of its' best performances of the season for the final day of the 82nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Andrew Duncan III set a season best in the high jump Saturday afternoon as he successfully jumped 2.05 meters and finished in eighth place. Multi-event athlete Adolphus Jones, who set his personal best and the best mark this season for UTA in the high jump at 2.08 meters earlier in the week during the decathlon, finished 17th with a mark of 2.00 meters.
Sprinters Jarid Vaughan and Cordero Gray, who ran faster times each day in the 100 meter dash, set personal bests in that event Saturday finishing with a 10.23 and 10.46, respectfully. Vaughan's time was good enough for second place finishing only behind Deangelo Cherry of Mississippi State who had a time of 10.16. Gray finished in eighth in a field where times were separated by hundredths of a second. Both Mavericks have posted fast enough times to qualify for the NCAA Midwest Regional Meet at the end of May.
One day after the men's 4X100 meter relay team set a season best time of 39.98 in the preliminaries of that event on Friday, UTA came out and posted its' new fastest time of the season with a sixth place finish in the 4X100 meters relay final running 39.89. The team of Cordero Gray, Jarid Vaughan, Takeshi Fujiwara and Byron Majors has steadily gotten faster since the Horned Frog Invitational two weeks ago.
Another impressive UTA season best showing came in the men's 4X400 meter relay final. Takeshi Fujiwara, Dwight Robinson, Aundrea Williams and Eddie Beckwith combine to run a 3:10.51 for fourth place. That team beat its' previous record by two tenths of a second.
The Lady Mavs 4X200 meter relay team, who had yet to compete in an outdoor meet, finished sixth out of 14 schools with a time of 1:37.6. That team consists of Jasmine Walls, Clarissa Toomer, Antonia Hopkins and Bianca Gentle.
Senior pole vaulter Wade Hayes did not successfully complete the opening height of 5.05 meters in section A men's pole vault final. Hayes was among five of the 12 finalists that were unable to complete the opening height.
The UTA men's distance medley relay team ran its' first race of the outdoor season finishing with a time of 10:07.10 which was fast enough for seventh place in the final. This event is made up of a 1200 meter leg, a 400 meter leg, an 800 meter leg, and a 1600 meter leg and is run in that order. Each member of the team runs a different leg of the race.
The Mavs track teams will be back in action this Thursday as they head to Lubbock, Texas to compete in the Texas Tech Twilight.
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