RECAP: @UTT_TF has strong showing at home meet

Friday, March 2, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – UT Tyler’s Lexie Petty won the women’s hammer throw and Matthew Cecotti the men’s 1,500 to highlight Patriot performances on Friday at the Marc Randle Classic at The Brook Hill School where 18 schools and over 400 athletes competed.

Cecotti won the 1,500 by running a 4:05.23, while Charlie Quintero was fifth with a time of 4:23.14 for fifth and Nathan Adams was ninth at 4:28.53. Cecotti’s time was the fourth fastest 1,500 meters in program history with Ross Renfroe setting the record with a time of 3:56.96 back in 2010 at Baylor.


Petty won the women’s hammer throw with a distance of 46.80 meters on her sixth and final attempt of the meet, while Baylee Cochran was second at 42.26 meters and Michaela McGeary was third with a throw of 42.20 meters in a show of UT Tyler hammer throw dominance. Sydney Makowski’s mark of 37.39 meters was fifth and Emma Snyder took sixth at 37.37 meters.

Nike Simmons finished as the hammer throw runner-up for the Patriots after having a throw of 40.42 meters. A White Oak native, Simmons also had a throw of 40.10 and finished just behind Southern Arkansas’ Gerald Pitts who won the event with a distance of 44.56 meters.  UTT’s Daulton Coleman was fourth with a throw of 36.96 meters.

In the women’s pole vault, Victoria Nix opened her outdoor season by finishing third by clearing 3.05 meters while Snyder was fourth in the discus at 35.59 meters and Katie Moore was fifth at 35.31 meters. Kyra Winn was eighth (1:03.38) in the 400 and Tristin Salme was seventh in the 800 with a time of 2:39.27 followed by Courtney Smith (2:44.04) and Zoraya Nunez (2:44.38).

On the track, Damarion ran a 57.21 for third place in the 400 hurdles where Collin Rippy running a 58.92 for sixth and Grayson Lawrence seventh after crossing the line in 59.22. Jace Seymour finished seventh in the 5,000 with a time of 17:59.25, while Mark Phillips was eighth with a time of 52.16 in the 400. In the 100, Kade Trompler was seventh by running a 11.39 which won his heat. Jackson Cook ran a 2:03.54 for fourth in the 800 with Zachary Tucker running a 2:04.68 for sixth. Trompler would also run a 23.25 for 19th in the 200.