Last Saturday, the University of Dallas track team competed at the Marc Randle Classic in Bullard, Texas. The men’s team came in sixth place (at 14.5 points) out of the fourteen that competed, and the women’s team finished in fifth place (at 32 points) out of ten teams.
Freshman Colleen Slattery took first place in the women’s 1500-meter run with a time of five minutes, 19 seconds. She also received third place in the women’s high jump, and reached a height of 1.55 meters.
“Well, I never went into the race thinking that I would win!” said Slattery. “I just went out there and ran what I could, and it ended up bringing me in first.”
Slattery is satisfied with the team’s performance.
“We did really well,” she said. “The people on this team are some of the hardest working people I know.”
Freshman Clare Myers ran close behind in the 1500 and received third place (5.27).
Junior Matt Barber competed in the men’s 400-meter dash and achieved second place, as well as a personal best time of 51.54. His previous record was set in April 2011, where his time was 51.83. In addition, he came in fourth place in the men’s 200-meter dash at 22.98. He achieved his previous best time in March, 2011 at 23.32. For these record times, Barber was named SCAC Men’s Track
Athlete of the Week for meets conducted through April 15.
Barber is excited about his accomplishments and feels confident about the conference meet next week.
“It’s an honor,” he said, “but I know it really doesn’t mean that much if I don’t compete when it matters.”
Next week, the team will head to Birmingham, Ala., for the SCAC (Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) championships. Barber said the team is prepared.
“We had last week off from any sort of competition, and coach gave out [some of] his fastest workouts of the entire year,” he said. “I am ready to get top three.”