Track starts strong

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Colleen Slattery, Contributing Writer

The University of Dallas men’s and women’s track teams left good Dallas dirt behind for the rosy-hued, sandy soil of Oklahoma this past weekend for their first track meet of the season, hosted by Oklahoma Baptist University and held at the University of Oklahoma’s indoor track.

The team had mixed expectations for its performance due to the short amount of time they have spent in practice thus far. For the majority of the other teams present, this was one of their last meets of the indoor season, while the University of Dallas had just begun competition.

Despite these factors, Dallas managed to put in some good times on the short, 200-meter track that is typical of indoor meets. Mary Jones, Katie Wisowaty, Colleen Slattery and Meghan Falconer started off the meet with a school record-breaking time of 14:11 in the distance medley relay, consisting of a 1200-, 400-, 800- and 1600-meter run. Another notable performance was sophomore Michelle DeRoche’s time of 9.38 seconds in the 60-meter dash, which made her the top sprinter for the team on Saturday.

The men’s team also started out its running events with a bang in the distance medley relay. Will Remmes, Clinton Heyer, Jack Grubner and Hayden Merkel combined to run a time of 11:34 and capture third place overall. Matt Barber, the reigning school record-holder of both the 400- and the 200-meter dash, was the top performer on the team in those respective events, with a time of 53.76 seconds in the 400 and 24.03 seconds in the 200.

To add a little variety, the team also competed in a few long-jumping events on Saturday. Garrett Gustafason led the team, with a jump of 6.05 meters.

It may be early on, but you can bet that there will be exciting things to come for the men’s and women’s track teams.

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