The University of Central Arkansas notched nine first place finishes on the women’s side and four on the men’s side at Saturday’s UCA Open at the Bill Stephens Track Complex. The women broke three school records and the men set one mark.
Sophomore Tanesha Maxwell of Tampa, Fla., took two sprint titles, winning both the 100 (11.87) — the second-best time in school history — and 200 meters in a school-record 24.44. Junior Jasmine Ellis from Nashville was another two-time winner, taking the 100- meter hurdles (14.25) and the javelin (37.0 meters), the No. 2 mark in school history.
UCA dominated the 100 hurdles, sweeping the Top 5 spots. Behind Ellis was junior Megan Snow (14.41), sophomore Anilah Bashir (14.60), freshman Jean Black (14.82) and freshman Jatoi Snell (14.83). They were just as impressive in the 400 hurdles, with Black taking first (1:03.68) — second best in school history — Snell second (1:04.53) and Bashir third (1:04.63).
UCA won both relay events, taking the 4x100 in 46.65 and the 4x400 in 3:51.18, No. 2 in UCA history.
Conway’s Erika Setzler set the school record in the 10,000 meters at 39:41.46, while freshman Stephanie Simpson did the same in the 5,000 meters with a mark of 18:21.57. Junior April Martin took the triple jump (11.46 meters). Freshman Khadijah Smith was second in the 400 meters (56.70) and junior Courtney Efurd was second in the 1,500 meters (4:46.48).
Third-place finishes were turned in by Ellis in the long jump (5.26 meters), Tasha Bryles in the discus (37.39 meters), McKinley Rea of Conway in the pole vault (3.35 meters), Mary Douglas in the 400 meters (57.16) and Megan Snipes in the 3,000 steeplechase (12:38.95).
On the men’s side, sophomore Amos Gerber took first in the 5,000 meters in a school-record 14:48.18, senior Demarcus Harrison won the 110 hurdles (14.83), senior Bobby Washington took the high jump (2.05 meters) and senior Jaron Criswell won the long jump (7.15 meters).
UCA was edged in the 4x400 relay, finishing second in 3:11.81 and finished third in the 4x100 (41.71). Freshman Kelton Ray was second in the 400 meters (48.57), while Connor Ryan was second (4:01.05) and Gerber third (4:02.52) in the 1,500 meters. James Anderson was second to Washington in the high jump (2.0 meters) and Wilburn Carter was second in the javelin (53.83 meters).
Ryan was also third in the 800 meters (1:57.22) and Jeremiah Fleeman was third in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:59.64) and Pierce Pipak was fourth (10:20.19). Derrick Steele was fourth (6.83 meters) and Jeremy Stuckey fifth (6.70 meters) in the long jump.
The Warriors broke or tied four school records.
Junior Andres Ramirez of Dallas broke his own 3,000 steeplechase record by nearly seven seconds, placing second with a time of 9:56.86. The 4x100 meter relay team of Carlton Leding, Cameron Mosley, David Spriewald and Keegan Whicker tied the two-year old record with a time of 44.91 seconds, finishing seventh.
The same relay quartet took fifth in the 4x400 with a mark of 3:42.15. Spriewald, of Marburg, Germany, finished fourth in the 110 hurdles in 16.49 seconds and was fourth with a season-best javelin toss of 50.93 meters (167 ft.-7.5 in.).
Junior Micah Cothren also registered a season-best time of 4:08.29 in the 1,500 meters, finishing seventh, and was 19th in the 800 meters in 2:09.04.
Leding, a junior, ran the 100 in 11.37 and the 200 in 23.00, placing 13th and 26th, respectively. Whicker finished 20th with a season-best time of 53.08 seconds in the 400 meters.
For the women, sophomore Elizabeth Krug of Heber Springs broke her school record in the 100 hurdles in 15.77 seconds, placing ninth. She also tied her school pole vault mark of 3.20 meters (10 ft.-6 in.), placing fourth. Krug also finished sixth in the 400 meter dash with a season-best 59.50.
Junior Lindsey Wiggin took fifth place in the hammer throw at 37.74 meters (117 ft.-3.25 in.), 10th in the discus at 30.25 meters (99 ft.-3.25 in.) and 10th in the shot with a season-best put of 10.28 meters (33 ft.-8.75 in.).
Junior Stephanie Davenport also recorded a season-best 3,000 meter steeplechase time of 13:19.68, finishing fourth. Senior Bridget O'Shaughnessy took eighth in the high jump at 1.55 meters (5 ft.-1 in.).
Sophomore Adrie Henry placed 12th in the 100 meter dash in 15.42 sec. and freshman Tiatjah Johnson was 13th in the 200 meters in 26.61.
The UCA Open was the final tune-up for the Warriors before the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships in Birmingham, Ala. beginning Friday.