Saturday, April 15, 2017
COMMERCE – UT Tyler’s Whitney Simmons, Victoria Nix and Matthew Godwin won events at the East Texas Invitational on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in the final tune-up for the Patriots before next weekend’s American Southwest Conference Championship. The UT Tyler women finished fifth and the men were seventh in the team standings.
Simmons set a new personal best with a mark of 62.56 meters to win the Hammer Throw and Godwin won the Javelin with a distance of 53.41 meters. Simmons, who is the defending NCAA DIII National Champion, topped her previous record of 62.53 earlier this season at the UT Tyler home meet. She also set a new Memorial Stadium record which she set at 56.25 meters last year. Nix won the Pole Vault by clearing 3.52 meters (11 feet, 6 inches), besting Janeth Navarro who had a final mark of 3.37 meters for Texas A&M-Kingsville. Nix missed on her first attempt at 3.52 but cleared on her next to win the event.
Michaela Heys ran a 12:40 in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase as the only runner in the event, while Emma Snyder was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 10.20 meters. Simmons would also record a third-place finish in the Discus with a distance of 40.10. Anitial’a Robins won the discus event with a 46.51 mark. Heys would also finish 14th in the Javelin with a throw of 21.71, while Courtney Smith was fifth in the event with a mark of 29.80 for the Patriots. Smith also had a top-10 performance by running a 2:34 in the 800 at Commerce.
On the track, Rachel Willis 5:12.46 to finish fifth in the 1,500 meters on the women’s side while Shafen Borah ran a 4:13.01 for 10th in the event. Quinton Bryson was 12th overall in the 1,500 with a time of 4:14.70 for the Patriots. Tristin Salem would finish 11th in the 400 with a time of 1:03.47 and Houser clocked a 51.08 for 12th overall.
Ricky Hall sprinted to a time of 10.94 to finish 10th of 22, while Zach Richardson ran a 11.11 and Jordan Grubb a 11.89 in the event. The UT Tyler team of Richardson, Hall, Logan Houser and Sebastian Delgado finished sixth in the 4x100 with a time of 43.11.
UT Tyler will compete for ASC titles next weekend at Hardin-Simmons in Abilene.