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Rebekah Grissom picked up two individual wins in throwing events on Saturday.
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UALR Outdoor Track Teams Complete Action at Rhodes Open
UALR Sports Information
Release: 03/17/2013

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The UALR men's and women's outdoor track and field teams completed action at the Rhodes Open on Saturday. The Trojans collected three individual titles and added 14 top-five finishes over the course of the event.

The Trojans had the most success in the throwing events, where Jason Belt and Rebekah Grissom combined for three individual wins. Belt earned first place in the men's discus with a throw of 49.44m, while Grissom picked up top honors in the women's discus (43.80m) and javelin throw (35.38m). Grissom added a fourth-place finish in the women's shot put (12.96m), while Belt finished third in the men's shot put (14.30m) and seventh in the hammer throw (46.26m). Melissa Chunn added a sixth-place finish in the women's shot put (12.03m).

UALR picked up two runner-up finishes in a pair of men's relay events. First, the Trojans took second in the 4x100m relay, as Taron Dunn, Basil Rogers, Dylan Wood and Casey Lane clocked in at 42.27. UALR then placed second in the 4x800m relay. Shaun Koehn, Dalton Richey, Alex Ebmeyer and Nathan Carr finished in 7:55.79.

On the women's side, Marissa DeLaPaz, Emma Dahl, Tori Copeland and Mackenzie Bloom placed second in the 4x800m relay (10:02.91).

Individually, Taron Dunn placed second in the men's triple jump (14.45m) and Casey Lane placed second in the 400m hurdles (55.06).

In the men's sprints, Wood placed fourth overall in the men's 100m dash (10.97). Basil Rogers (22.13) and Ebmeyer (22.46) placed fourth and 11th, respectively in the men's 200m dash. Carr placed sixth in the 400m dash (49.57).

In other field events, Victor Shores placed eighth in the men's triple jump (13.33m) and Troy Smith placed 12th in the men's high jump (1.88m).

In women's distance events, Bloom placed third in the women's mile (5:22.66), while DeLaPaz placed sixth (5:31.79) and Copeland placed seventh (5:34.02) in the same event.

John Vodacek paced the UALR men with a ninth-place finish in the 5,000m run (15:49.57).

Brittney Brasuell placed sixth in the 400m hurdles (1:09.33).

Tachara Thomas placed 10th in the women's 200m dash (26.05). Thomas placed ninth in the women's 400m dash (1:00.83). Ashtin Boykin placed seventh in the 100m hurdles (15.35) and placed fourth in the 400m hurdles (1:06.30).

UALR will next compete at the Stanford Invitational (March 29-30) and UCA Open (March 30).

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