Texans tally trio of personal records to start UTA Invitational

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ARLINGTON – Tarleton began its two-day stay in Arlington with a trio of individual personal records on the first day of action at the UTA Invitational on Friday.

Seven athletes competed for the Texans in either the hammer throw or 5,000m run.

Sophomore Oscar Rodriguez was the Texans’ top performer in all events. The Del Rio, Texas native uncorked a heave of 156′ 04″ in the hammer throw to place fourth. Rodriguez improved his season and career personal record by two feet and ranks eighth in the event on the WAC outdoor performance list.

Kevin Baez recorded Tarleton’s fastest time in the 5,000m run with a mark of 15:26.53.

Dominick Vastlik turned in a springboard performance for the 2021 track and field season in the men’s 5,000m run to conclude Friday’s slate of events. He surpassed his track and field personal record by more than 13 seconds in the race, crossing the finish line in 16:04.24.  Vastlik has enjoyed a steady run of progression throughout his sophomore campaign. He lowered his career-best time in the 8,000m in championship races by exactly one minute at February’s WAC Cross Country Championships.

Fellow sophomore Kaleigh Ellis joined Vastlik in setting a 5,000m personal record. She clocked a time of 20:23.49 in the women’s 5,000m in her first collegiate outdoor track and field event.

Baez, Vastlik and Ellis will all compete in the 1,500m on Saturday. Field events begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the long jump while the women’s 4x100m relay commences the track events at 11:30 a.m.

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