RECAP: @UTT_TF competes at A&M-Commerce

Saturday, April 14, 2018

COMMERCE – Matthew Godwin won the javelin with a throw of 54.40 meters and Matthew Cecotti, Katie Moore and Nike Simmons each had second-place finishes to highlight UT Tyler performances at the East Texas Invitational on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Cecotti ran a 4:01.55 for second place in the 1,500 meters, while Simmons had a career-best mark of 45.21 meters for second in the hammer.

The Patriot men finished third out of 16 teams, while the women were eighth at the event that was hosted by Texas A&M-Commerce and had teams from all divisions. UT Tyler will return to competition next Friday and Saturday at the American Southwest Conference Championships which will be hosted by McMurry at Wilford Moore Stadium in Abilene. The Patriot men’s program has won four ASC titles (2013, 14, 15, 16), while the women are two-time ASC champions (2014, 15).

Godwin, who is currently 12th in NCAA Division III with a top mark of 58.38 meters this season, has now won the SAU Dan Veath Invitational, McMurry's War Hawk Classic and the UT Tyler East Texas Time Trials this season. 

Moore had the second best discus throw in program history with a distance of 41.73 to finish second in the event, while Michaela McGeary was sixth in the event at 39.17 meters. Lexie Petty finished third in the hammer with a distance of 48.81 meters, while on the men’s side Nikelas Simmons was second in the meet with a throw of 45.21 meters and Daulton Coleman fifth at 39.35 meters. In the high jump, Chris Goodson and Damarion Greenwood cleared 1.83 meters to tie for fourth. Greenwood would finish sixth in the 110 hurdles with a season-best time of 16.03 and Grayson Lawrence ran a 57.00 in the 400 hurdles for sixth. Greenwood was seventh, just behind Lawrence with a time of 57.01.

Zach Richardson would have an impressive showing the 200 with a time of 21.87 for fifth and Josh Garcia ran a 22.92 for 13th.

Kaylee Prather had a mark of 5.30 meters for seventh in the long jump, while she finished 23rd in the 100 by running a 13.11 on Saturday. Paulina Rodriguez would run a 5:15.22 for 22nd in the 1,500 meters and MyKaela Alfred was ninth in the 100 hurdles after finishing in 16.15.

In the first race of the day, Nathan Adams ran a 16:33 and finished ninth in the 5,000 meters while Kade Trompler was 12th in the 100 with a sprint of 11.06.