Simmons wins event, Yazdanshenas sets school record

Friday, February 5, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edui


JOPLIN, Mo. – UT Tyler junior Whitney Simmons won her second straight weight throw competition and Ali Yazdanshenas established a new men’s program record in the weight throw at 16.11 meters on the first day of the Missouri Southern Lion Invitational at the Mercy Indoor Track at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Simmons, who also won last week’s Emory Crossplex, won the event on Friday with a throw of 18.21 meters on her final throw. A season-best mark was established on the fourth throw of her day. She gradually worked her way up to 18.21 with throws of 17.18, 17.30, and 17.53 leading up to her season-best mark. Each of her throws would have won the even with the nearest competitor coming in at 16.60. She remains second in the nation behind only Lydia Meier of Wisconsin–Stout who has the nation’s top throw at 18.77 meters.

Yazdanshenas finished 10th in the men’s weight throw and is now No. 29 in DIII. His program-best throw came on his first effort in the finals. Along with Yazdanshenas, UT Tyler sophomore Gabriel Perez came earned a top-15 showing with a 15.06 weight throw which was a personal best.

“I was most pleased with their ability to make adjustments within competition,” UT Tyler coach Chris Stonestreet said. “Every time they had a bad throw in warmups or competitions they made the adjustments needed to end up with a great performance. That’s not an easy thing to do.”

Stonestreet also competed in the event and won it with a throw of 18.73 meters.

On the track, UT Tyler freshman Evan Wold turned in a time of 8.80 in the 60-meter hurdle prelims which was the 10th best time. Rebekah Groth would finish 21st in the 400-meter dash on Saturday by running a 1:02.9 in the finals, while Jake Davidson ran a 52.22 on the men’s side to take 15th in the 400 on Saturday.