August 17, 2022

T&F: Relays, Distance Crew Highlight California Trip – University of North Texas Athletics

DENTON, Texas – Victor Neiva set the school record in the men’s 10,000 meters, and the men’s 4×100-meter relay team took home a win to highlight North Texas Track & Field’s California swing this weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif., and the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif.
 
“It was a good weekend,” director of track & field Carl Sheffield said. “It was a weekend that we needed to take. California offers a lot of opportunities to work on some things before we get to the big part of our championship year. There were a lot of people that got a chance to get into races that were competitive, to kind of give us an idea of where we are as a team.”
 
Neiva recorded a time of 29:19.34 in the 10,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays, giving him the school record and an 11th-place finish.
 
Alec Esposito finished in fifth place at the Bryan Clay Invitational in the men’s 1,500m open, recording a personal-best time of 3:46.77 to move into the No. 4 spot all-time at North Texas.
 
“The distance team is on a roll,” Sheffield said. “They’re doing really well. Coach (Matt) Layten has them really focused on individual effort as far as where we think they need to score at the conference meet. Our goal for them was to come out and get into some races that were competitive, so that we could get some fast runs before the conference meet. We needed these races to give the guys an opportunity to run fast and see how fast they could be for the year.”
 
In the men’s 4×100-meter relay elite at Mt. SAC, the Mean Green squad of Samir Williams, Davonye Jones, Clayton Boyce and Karlington Anunagba clocked a time of 40.29 to take fifth place. They followed that up the next day with a win at the Beach Invitational, recording a time of 40.45 to take the victory.
 
The women’s 4×1 crew of Lyric Choice, Lauren Brown, Alika Crawford and Kayla McDonald placed fifth at the Bryan Clay Invitational with a time of 46.62, and followed that up with another fifth-place finish at the Beach Invitational, clocking in at 46.33.
 
“We thought we’d actually do a little bit better in the relays, considering what we had been doing before,” Sheffield said. “We didn’t really get to the times that we thought we’d get, but I think consistency paid off. We had some good races. I think it was good for them to get races back-to-back against the competition that we had, so it was worth the try getting here.”
 
The rest of the UNT team will be back in action next weekend (April 22-23) at the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco, Texas.
 
“Next week is the opportunity for the guys that didn’t get a chance to travel this week,” Sheffield said. “There are some teams at Baylor that will give us a really good hope for competition. I think individually for the people that are going to Baylor, it gives them a chance to work on some things that we need to get to in the next few meets before the conference meet.”
 
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