RECAP: @UTT_TF has strong showing in Oklahoma

Saturday, February 10, 2018

NORMAN, Oklahoma – UT Tyler’s Zach Richardson ran a 22.59 to win the 200-meter dash, Kaylee Prather won the women’s long jump with a distance of 5.32 meters and Cody Benton won the men’s long jump at 6.61 meters on Saturday at the Broncho Open. On the Mosier Indoor Track, Richardson ran a 7.12 to finish third in the 60 and Matthew Cecotti established a new UT Tyler record by running a 4:24.85 in the 1-mile.

Prather established the UT Tyler record with a leap of 5.47 meters last week in Joplin, Missouri and won the American Southwest Conference Athlete of the Week honor. Benton was just shy of his own program record of 6.69 meters that he extended last week. Benton would also finish third in the triple jump with a distance of 13.22 meters. Richardson was named the ASC Track Athlete of the Week last week for his performance in Joplin where he ran a 22.55 in the 200.

Kade Trompler ran the third fastest time in UT Tyler history in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.07 to finish third and just .07 behind the first-place runner. The 60 record belongs to Kevonte Shaw who ran a 6.98 in 2015.  

Paulina Rodriguez finished seventh overall with a time of 5:47.51 in the 1-mile and Prather was fourth in the 60 with a sprint of 7.92. Prather's run of 7.92 is the second fastest 60 in program history behind only Alexis Baldwin who ran a 7.68 in the 2015 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.

Nathan Adams finished ninth overall in the men’s 1-mile with a time of 4:38.58 and Will McIlroy was 15th. Cecotti’s new UT Tyler record breaks his own record of 4:35.30 which he ran back in January in the first meet hosted by Central Oklahoma.

Nikelas Simmons finished as the Broncho Open runner-up in the weight throw with a distance of 14.01 meters, while Daulton Coleman was sixth overall with a throw of 12.83 meters. UT Tyler’s Michaela McGeary finished sixth overall in the women’s weight throw with a distance of 12.91 meters, while Baylee Coachran (12.55), Sydney Makowski (12.34), Lexie Petty (12.22) and Emma Snyder (11.67) were 9-12 in the event. UT Tyler coach Whitney Simmons won the event as an unattached athlete with a mark of 18.44 meters.