#UTTylerTF has impressive performances at Marc Randle Classic

Friday, March 3, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist // wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

BULLARD – UT Tyler’s Whitney Simmons started her senior Outdoor season with the second best Hammer Throw in NCAA Division III history with a mark of 62.52 meters on Friday at the Marc Randle Classic and also won the Discus Throw at 39.58.

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Simmons, who won last year’s NCAA DIII National Hammer Throw Championship with a  mark of 59.13, was just off of the all-time DIII record of 62.92 meters by Keelin Godsey of Bates at the 2006 NCAA DIII Championships. She is currently the national leader in the Weight Throw and will compete next week at the NCAA DIII Indoor Championships in Illinois, but on Friday it was back to Hammer domination and the best throw of her illustrious career.

Zach Richardson highlighted the men’s performances on the track by taking sixth in the 400-meter dash by running a 49.78, while Ricky Hall placed eighth by running a 50.18 in the event. Logan Houser started the Outdoor season with a strong showing in the 800 with a time of 2:01 for eighth of a 36-runner field. Nathan Adams finished sixth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:36.43 and also had an eighth-place finish in the 1,500 by clocking a 4:28 finish.

Rachel Willis took sixth on the track with a time of 20:31 in the 5,000 meters and Victoria Nix won the pole vault by clearing 3.51 meters. Tristin Salem earned sixth-place in the 800-meter run 2:29.91 in a 26-runner competition, which included Willis who ran a 2:38.91 and Courtney Smith (2:50.69) and Caitlyn Pruett (2:51).

Lexie Petty would finish fourth in the Hammer with a throw of 35.60 and Emma Snyder was fifth, while Daevonna Goudeau placed ninth in the 100-meter dash by running a 13.7 and Ashton Hawkins 16th at 14.94. Goudeau also ran the 200 and finished in a time of 27.59 and Stephanie Pierce ran a 1:08.54 in the 400 to finish 21st.

The Outdoor season continues for the Patriots at the War Hawk Classic on Friday, March 24 in Abilene and then at the Texas Relays at the end of March in Austin.