COMMERCE, Texas – The University of Texas at Tyler's track and field teams competed at the Texas A&M Commerce Lion Invitational, turning in a great meet that led to several new school records and an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the pole vault.
The Patriots competed against the host Lions and Southern Arkansas – both Division II members.
Freshman Taylor Reed's vault of 4.74m in the pole vault met an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and secured him just the Patriots' second qualifier in nationals in the program's short history.
"Taylor only took up pole vaulting about a year ago," second-year head coach Bob Hepler said. "The fact that he's already progressed to this level shows that he could compete at nationals for the next four years. It's a real blessing for such a young program. We also have several other athletes who are getting close to provisional marks."
Also among the school record performances were Jessica Waninger's time of 19:52 in the 5000m, Chris Stonestreet's shot put distance of 45' 8" and Ed Palencia's javelin throw of 49.26m.
In all, a total of 11 different competitors won their respective events, including junior Ross Renfroe who took first in both the 1500 and 800m and narrowly missed out on an NCAA qualifying mark.