Colleen Slattery, Contributing Writer
So far, the track and field season has been unusually cold and wet for the men’s and women’s teams. This past Saturday was no exception, when the teams traveled to the closest meet of the season at the University of Texas at Arlington.
The competition included teams from UT-Arlington, University of the Incarnate Word, Texas Baptist University, UT-Tyler, Angelo State University, Wayland Baptist University, Southern Nazarene University, Wiley College and many more, culminating in the toughest and biggest meet of the season for the track and field teams.
Senior Matt Barber started the men’s team off with a strong performance in the 400-meter dash, his time of 51.17 one of the fastest in the whole SCAC to date.
Fellow senior Clinton Heyer led the team as well, running the open 800-meter race in a time of 2:01.31, a personal best for the season. Sophomore Will Remmes finished close behind with a time of 2:03.08.
The men capped off the day with the 4×400-meter relay, running a solid time of 3:34.
In the women’s races, the mid-distance team saw many improvements, while the sprinting team rearranged some relays to make gains from previous meets.
Sprinters Michelle DeRoche, Katie Wisowaty, Rebecca Basler and Sarah Valdovinos ran the 4×100-meter relay in a time of 56.93 seconds, taking almost six seconds off of their previous best time. Freshman Elizabeth Hinchley continued to shine in the mid-distance spotlight, winning her heats of both the 1500- and the 800-meter runs. Her times were 5:18 and 2:32, respectively.
Overall, it was a great opportunity for the teams to learn how to run against a high level of competition. Many of the teams there were Division II, and even more intimidating was the fact that Olympian athletes raced on Saturday as well! The winning team for the men’s 4×100-meter relay ran the fifth-fastest time in the world to date.
Next week, the team travels to Oklahoma Baptist University. Stay tuned for more news!