MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ The University of Central Arkansas men’s track and field team recorded 15 top-three finishes and the women’s squad had 13 last weekend at the Rhodes Invitational.
UCA’s men won five events, including school records by senior Albert Maeder in the 10,000 meters (30:53.11) and the 4x800 relay team of Woodrow Murry, Grant Williams, Alonzo Pollum and Josh Quiroga in 7:44.42. Other first-place finishes included Grant Williams in the 3,000 steeplechase in a time of 9:14.81, the second-best time in school history, and Eric Moore in the high jump (6-10.75). Julien Jeandree also won the 5,000 meters in a time of 14:54.10.
Preston Borg was second in the 10,000 meters (31:04.51). UCA’s 4x100 relay team was third (Ethan Bly, Roy Lowery, James Lassiter, Sharad Mackey) in 42.29, while James Lassiter finished second in the 110 hurdles (15.93). Daniel Lawson was third in the 400 meters (50.26) and Mackey was third in the 100 meters (10.88). Quiroga was second in the 800 meters (1:56.63) and Markus Johnson was second in teh 400 meter hurdles (56.17).
Jeandree also finished third in the steeplechase (9:35.32), while the 4x400 team of Bly, Lawson, Aaron Hamilton and Anthony Hamilton finished third (3:17.75). Jahleel Lilly was runnerup to Moore in the high jump (6-2.75). On the women’s side, Alex Dorch won the long jump with a leap of 17-9.75. Fulani Petties won the high jump at 5-4.25, while Molly Sampson took the 400 meter hurdle title with a time of 1:04.32.
Alejandra Ruiz finished third in the mile (5:13.31) and third in the 800 (2:24.81), while Hadley Swanson was second in the 100 hurdles (15.47). Taylor Dunn finished second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (11:39.37) and the 4x800 squad of Ruiz, Abbie Linne, Sara Shawand Skylar Lange was third (9:45.70).
Hannah Noble finished second behind Petties in the high jump (5-2.25) and Abby Eldringhoff finished second in the pole vault (10-4). Swanson also finished third in the long jump (17-08). Dorch finished second in the triple jump (38-03.25) and Aysia Oliver was third (36-11.75).
Also in the Rhodes Invitational, Hendrix’s Steven Stearma won the shot put a 14.44 meters (47 ft.-4.5 in.), Jared Lincoln was third in the shot with a 13.55 meter (44 ft.-5.5 in.) mark.
Lincoln also broke the 11-year old discus record with a throw of 46.30 meters (151 ft.-11 in.), placing third. He bested John Gray’s old record of 45.26 meters (148 ft.-6 in.) set in 2005. Freshman Michael Spainhour of Greenbrie broke the program’s NCAA Division III era record in the triple jump with a mark of 13.42 meters (44 ft.-0.5 in.), placing fourth. For the women, senior Estrella Flores recorded a season-best in the javelin with a distance of 34.46 meters (113 ft.-1 in.), finishing fourth. Junior Samantha Stockdale was just behind in fifth place with a personal-best mark of 33.74 meters (110 ft.-8 in.).