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Tarleton Sports Information
ARLINGTON - On a day where cold temperatures and strong winds took center stage, the Tarleton track and field teams still managed to bring home four first-place finishes while earning two NCAA provisional marks at the UTA/Bobby Lane Invitational at Maverick Stadium in Arlington.
In all, Tarleton finished the day with 11 top-five finishes.
"I was really proud of our athletes and the way they all competed considerng how the weather was," Tarleton head coach Pat Ponder said. "We are starting to get in a good rythem of competition so far and we just need to keep it up."
Jared McNeil finished first in the 1500-meters crossing the finish line in a time of 4:00.10. The sophomore distance runner also took first-place in the 5000-meters run while earning an NCAA provisional time of 14:43.96.
Michael Pratt finished first in the discus while throwing a season-long mark of 49.88 meters (163' 7-3/4"). Pratt's throw earned him a provisional mark as well.
Shayden Feist took first-place honors in the pole vault with a mark of 4.55 meters (14' 11").
Other athletes earning top-five finishes included, Jamal Mays (10.82) placing fifth in the 100-meters; Kolin Styles (14:56.65) placing fourth in the 5000-meters; Garrett Thomas (14.71) placing fifth in the 110-meter hurdles; Jordan Guerrero (4.10m) placing fourth and Andrew Grant (3.95m) placing fifth in the pole vault; and Nolan Eubanks (46.93m) placing third and Hayden Eubanks (46.23m) placing fourth in the discus.
"All of our distance runners ran really well," Ponder said. "Four of the distance athletes set personal records (PR) today and both 5K runners ran under 15 minutes and that was nice to see. The wind effected all of the other events, but everyone did a great job at competing."
Both men's and women's teams will return to action this Thursday, April 2 at the McMurry Invitational in