Thursday, April 20, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The UT Tyler Track & Field programs are set to compete at the American Southwest Conference Track & Field Championships on Friday and Saturday at the Hardin-Simmons University Track Complex in Abilene. The Patriot mens team has won four straight ASC titles, while the womens team won the meet in 2014 and 2015 before finishing second last season.

UT Tyler Athletes Events & Quotes (Below)Schedule of Championship Events  |  ASC Track & Field Championship Records

Whitney Simmons is coming off setting a new personal record in the Hammer with a throw of 62.56 meters last Saturday at Commerce and is the defending ASC and NCAA Division III National Champion. She is also the defending ASC champion in the discus and will compete in the shot put. On the men’s side, Matthew Godwin returns as the ASC Javelin champion and is coming off winning the East Texas Invitational with a throw of 53.41 meters. Godwin will also compete in the Pole Vault and the 4x100 meter relay. Zach Richardson and Logan Houser are back to help defend the ASC 4x400 relay title from last season and will also compete in multiple other events. 

The ASC meet begins at 8 a.m. on Friday with the 10,000-meter run followed by sprint event preliminaries throughout the morning. Field events are scheduled at 2 p.m. with 3,000-meter Steeplechase finals closing the day at 6 p.m. before the athletes return to begin the final day at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

The ASC Track and Field Championships include two more scoring teams in this year’s event. McMurry is eligible for Conference titles and awards for the first time since the 2012 championships after moving through NCAA membership changes. Louisiana College added men’s and women’s track and field for 2016-17 and will be participating in its first conference championships. Under ASC policy, Belhaven will participate as non-scoring teams and individuals as it continues toward Division III active membership.

UT Tyler enters as four-time defending men’s champion (2013, ’14, ’15, ’16) while Hardin-Simmons won last season’s women’s title. Concordia Texas, East Texas Baptist, University of the Ozarks and Sul Ross State complete the eight scoring teams.

UT TYLER WOMEN - Athletes and Events

Rachel Willis – 10,000m, 5,000m, 1,500m, 4x400 relay
Kelli Kissinger – 10,000m, 800m
Ashton Hawkins – 100m, 4x100 relay
Michaela Heys – 400m hurdles, 3,000m Steeplechase, 4x400 relay, Javelin
Courtney Smith – 3,000m Steeplechase, 4x100 relay, 800m, 4x400 relay, Triple Jump, Javelin, Long Jump
Caitlin Pruett – 3,000m Steeplechase, 1,500m
Tempestt Silvers – 4x100 relay, 800m, Triple Jump, Long Jump
Tristin Salem – 4x100 relay, 800m, 4x400 relay
Stephanie Pierce – 800m
Whitney Simmons – Hammer, Discus, Shot Put
Emma Snyder – Hammer, Discus, Shot Put
Lexie Petty – Hammer, Javelin
Lauren Knight – Pole Vault
Victoria Nix – Pole Vault
Diana Wilde – Long Jump
Sydney Makowski – Shot Put

UT TYLER MEN - Athletes and Events

Erik Sanchez – 10,000m, 3,000m Steeplechase, 5,000m, 1,500m, 800m
Justin Tokuz – 10,000m, 5,000m, 1,500m
Will McIlroy – 10,000m, 5,000m, 1,500m
Dylan Stegall – 10,000m, 1,500m
Daniel Juren – 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles
Jordan Grubb – 200m, 400m, Javelin
Zach Richardson – 200m, 400m, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay, Long Jump
Ricky Hall – 100m, 200m, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay
Logan Houser – 4x100 relay, 800m, 4x400 relay
Sebastian Delgado – 100m, 200m, 4x100 relay
Quinton Bryson – 3,000m Steeplechase, 5,000m, 1,500m
Shafen Borah – 3,000m Steeplechase, 5,000m, 1,500m
Conor Linekin – 3,000m Steeplechase, 800m
Matthew Godwin – 4x400 relay, Javelin, Pole Vault
Nikelas Simmons – Hammer, Javelin
Matthew Roe – Hammer, Discus, Shot Put
Joseph Ruiz – Javelin
Austin Warren – Discus, Shot Put

QUOTES – Coach Bob Hepler

“The Track & Field program has had a very unusual year.  Many of our top athletes needed to focus more on their difficult areas of study such as Nursing, Engineering and Pre-Med and not compete this year.  I say that only to point out my admiration for the many student athletes on our team who have managed to keep their grades up while still competing.  On top of that, many of them are working 20-40 hours per week.  These people are true student athletes.  I admire their character and commitment.  Many of these athletes are competing in three or more events over the two-day ASC meet.  For example, former standout soccer player Erik Sanchez is doing what we call ‘Track and Field Armageddon’ by running the 10,000 meters, 3000m steeplechase, 5000m, 1500m and 800m. That young man has the heart of a Badger!  Courtney Smith is doing the ‘Track and Field Apocalypse’ by entering the 3000m steeplechase, 4x100, 4x400, 800M, Javelin and Triple Jump.  Why are they doing it?  They are doing it for their teammates…and because they are a little crazy.”

“Everyone will do their part for the team. The following athletes have a chance of winning events:  National Champion and six-time All-American Whitney Simmons will compete in the shot, discus and hammer;  Victoria Nix will be battling to win the pole vault;  Rachel Willis will unleash her fury in the 10,000M, 1500 and 5000; Michaela Heys in the 3000 steeplechase; Logan Hauser 800M; Zach Richardson 200M and 400M; Ricky Hall 100M and 200M; Will McIlroy 5000M; Quinton Bryson 3000 steeplechase; Shafen Borah 1500M;  Matt Rowe Hammer throw and shot; and Matt Godwin javelin.”

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, April 21

Track Events

8:00 a.m.

10,000m Run

Women

8:45 a.m.

10,000m Run

Men

10:00 a.m.

100m Hurdles Preliminaries

Women

10:15 a.m.

110m Hurdles Preliminaries

Men

10:30 a.m.

400m Dash Preliminaries

Women

10:45 a.m.

400m Dash Preliminaries

Men

11:00 a.m.

100m Dash Preliminaries

Women

11:15 a.m.

100m Dash Preliminaries

Men

11:30 a.m.

400m Hurdles Preliminaries

Women

11:45 a.m.

400m Hurdles

Men

12:00 p.m.

200m Dash Preliminaries

Women

12:00 p.m.

200m Dash Preliminaries

Men

Field Events

2:00 p.m.

Hammer Throw

Men followed by Women

2:00 p.m.

Long Jump

Men followed by Women

4:00 p.m.

Javelin Throw

Men followed by Women

4:00 p.m.

Triple Jump

Men followed by Women

Track Events

6:00 p.m.

3000m Steeplechase

Women

6:20 p.m.

3000m Steeplechase

Men

 

Saturday, April 22

Field Events

9:00 a.m.

Discus

Men followed by Women

9:00 a.m.

Pole Vault

Men followed by Women

9:00 a.m.

High Jump

Men followed by Women

11:00 a.m.

Shot Put

Men followed by Women

Track Events

9:00 a.m.

5000m Run

Women

9:25 a.m.

5000m Run

Men

12:00 p.m.

4 x 100m Relay

Women

12:10 p.m.

4 x 100m Relay

Men

12:20 p.m.

1500m Run

Women

12:30 p.m.

1500m Run

Men

12:45 p.m.

100m Hurdles

Women

12:55 p.m.

110m Hurdles

Men

1:05 p.m.

400m Dash

Women

1:15 p.m.

400m Dash

Men

1:30 p.m.

100m Dash

Women

1:35 p.m.

100m Dash

Men

1:45 p.m.

800m Run

Women

1:55 p.m.

800m Run

Men

2:10 p.m.

400m Hurdles

Women

2:20 p.m.

400m Hurdles

Men

2:30 p.m.

200m Dash

Women

2:40 p.m.

200m Dash

Men

3:35 p.m.

4 x 400m Relay

Women

3:45 p.m.

4 x 400m Relay

Men

4:05 p.m.

Coaches Meeting

 

4:35 p.m.

Presentation of Awards