Track succeeds at home, breaks personal records

Between UCA’s men’s and women’s track teams, the Bears placed first in 14 events, placed second in 10 events, and placed third in seven events March 14 at the Bill Stephens Track/Soccer Complex.

Distance runner and freshman Noah Freeman placed sixth in 5,000-meter race, finishing with a time of 16 minutes 1.1 seconds.

“We had a lot of people come out and support [us],” he said. “It’s great being able to have a home meet, for the support and the home feel, and it definitely helped me to run fast and break my personal record.”

The field games began at noon and the races began at 2 p.m., with rain drizzling throughout the whole afternoon.

The weather didn’t discourage people from coming to show their support though.

UCA placed third and fourth in the men’s 4x200m relay with times of 1:32.76 and 1:34.10.

The men’s team also placed first in the 4x400m relay (3:15.75), first and second in the 4x800m relay with times of 7:52.70 and 8:24.41, and first (17:41.20) and second (18:00.83) in the 4x1600m relay.

The Bears also placed first in the men’s 4000m distance medley relay with a time of 10:24.12.

UCA senior Dustie Smith broke two personal records Saturday in the 4×200 and the sprint medley relay.

“I love competing at home so much more than traveling… you have the home advantage, and you don’t have to travel for hours and hours at a time,” he said. “Being at home is a lot better because you have friends and family to come support you and give you motivation to run more.”

UCA junior Jahleel Lilly placed second in the men’s high jump behind Bacone University’s junior Jacel Davis.

Lilly also placed second in the men’s long jump behind Southern Arkansas University freshman Michael Bazzelle.

UCA freshman Eric Moore placed third in the long jump.

Moore placed first in the long jump flight one of two, while Lilly placed third in flight two of two.

UCA freshman Connor Sowerbrower placed fourth in men’s javelin.

The UCA women’s team also placed in several events on Saturday. UCA placed first in the 4x100m relay and third and fourth in the 4x200m relay.

In the women’s 4×400 relay, UCA placed second and fourth overall behind the University of Arkansas—Pine Bluff and the University of Arkansas—Little Rock.

The farthest relay, 4x1600m, put the women’s teams in third and fourth place.

In the women’s 1600m sprint medley relay, UCA placed third behind UALR (first) and SAU (second).

The 4000m DMR resulted in UCA taking first and second place in front of SAU.

UCA freshman Brooke Wright and sophomore Kelsey Marvin took first and second place in the women’s high jump.

The Bears placed seventh, eighth, ninth, 10th and 12th in the women’s long jump.

UCA sophomore Anna Kirk threw the farthest at 40.65m in women’s javelin, with Bethany College junior Miranda Burton close behind at 39.40m.

Overall, the Bears performed well.

“As a whole, I think the team stepped up and executed what needed to be done to win their event,” Smith said. “As far as the rest of the season, I just want to run fast and help out my team more.”

The teams will travel to compete at Rhodes College on March 21 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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