RECAP: Simmons, Benson break UT Tyler records

Saturday, January 21, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

JOPLIN, Missouri – Whitney Simmons won her second straight meet to open the Indoor season and established a new UT Tyler program record with a Weight Throw of 18.89 meters at the Missouri Southern State Open at the Mercy Indoor Track.


Simmons, who also won at last week’s University of Houston meet, broke her own school record and topped a field of 39 throwers from NCAA Division II schools. Central Oklahoma’s Mariah Garcia came in second in the event with a throw of 16.92 meters. Simmons, a senior from White Oak, maintains the nation’s best throw this season and is a two-time all-America in the Indoor season.

UT Tyler coach Chris Stonestreet won the meet on the men’s side as an unattached athlete with a throw of 19.59, while junior Gabriel Perez had a throw of 15.58 to finish 11th. Stonestreet hit his top mark on the fourth throw of the day and finished ahead of Missouri Southern’s Junior Joseph who had a throw of 18.48.

Zach Richardson ran a 23.24 in the 200-meter dash to finish 25th at the meet, while Ricky Hall ran a 23.30 for 29th in a 120-competitor field. Richardson ran a 22.95 at last week’s University of Houston meet for the second fastest time in program history. His time of 23.24 is now the third best time while Hall is fourth in the record book behind Richardson’s two times and Kevonte Shaw who clocked a 21.68 in 2015.  

In the men’s 1-mile, Conner Benson set a school record with a time 4:37 to finish 27th while freshman Nathan Adams also broke the previous UT Tyler record with a run of 4:41 which was 38th in an 84-runner race. Ford Noack had the previous best time of 4:44 in the 2015 season. Benson would also run a 9:20 in the 3,000-meter to finish 24th and Adams a 9:34 in the distance event. Tristin Salem ran a 2:35 in the 800 meters for 24th overall, while Mari Rodriguez would finish 32nd in the 800 meters with a time of 2:39.

🏆Whitney Simmons has won the Missouri Southern Open and set a new UT Tyler record with a W…