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MURFREESBORO, Tenn.—The UALR men’s and women’s track and field teams finished strong at the MTSU Invitational Saturday. The Trojans won four events for the day.

Nathan Carr won his third-straight 800-meter run event this season with a time of 1:53.36. Barrett Kerth placed seventh in 1:57.61, while Markus Pearson placed 11th in 2:00.32. Jeremy Sasse recorded a time of 2:03.18 for 16th place, and Brendon Tucker placed 18th in 2:03.62.

Caitlin Masterson placed tenth in the women’s 800-meter run in 2:22.44, while Jessica Dyer placed 13th in 2:26.23.

In the women’s mile run, Erika LaCroix won the event with a time of 5:02.72. Mackenzie Bloom placed seventh in 5:14.81, while Tori Copeland finished in 5:19.90 for 12th place.

Pearson was the top Trojan finisher in the men’s mile run placing fifth in 4:20.19, and Johnny Purvis placed eighth in 4:20.51. Kerth recorded a time of 4:21.50 for ninth place, while Tucker placed 16th in 4:29.54.

Sanna Mustonen won the women’s 3,000-meter run recording a time of 10:30.23, while Bloom placed second in 10:58.92. Breanne Mitchell finished in fourth in 11:35.44, and Taylor Brock recorded a time of 12:01.08 for fifth place.

In the men’s 3,000 meters, Shaun Koehn was the top Trojan finisher placing fourth in 8:46.17. Gabriel Ghioca placed fifth in 8:54.06, while Brian Giken placed 11th in 9:04.61. Chris Dunbar recorded a time of 9:05.72 for 12th place, and Ben Alexander placed 14th in 9:32.19.

Tachara Thomas placed third in the women’s 400-meter dash in 1:00.95, while Casey Lane placed eighth in the men’s event in 50.84.

In the men’s 55-meter dash, Demond Burns placed second in the finals with a time of 6.38 after winning his preliminary heat 6.37.

The 4x440-yard relay team of Lane, Carr, Taron Dunn, and Burns won the event in 3:23.47.

Dunn also placed third in the men’s long jump with a distance of 7.12m and third in the triple jump with a distance of 14.57m.

In the men’s high jump, Troy Smith placed sixth with a height of 1.81m.

Rebekah Grissom placed fifth in the women’s shot put with a throw of 12.26m, while Quay Smith placed tenth with a distance of 10.44m.

Jason Belt placed second in the men’s shot put with a throw of 15.01m and second in the men’s weight throw with a distance of 17.30m.

The UALR men’s and women’s track and field teams continue action next weekend as the Trojans compete February 10-11 at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. and February 11 at the Valentine Invitational in Murfreesboro, Tenn.



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