Track and field
UNT claims 7 first-place finishes at UTA meet
ARLINGTON — North Texas captured seven first-place finishes, including all four throwing events, during Day 2 of the UTA Invitational.
UNT’s Jaleisa Shaffer increased her school record in shot put to 15.57 meters in her first-place finish.
Others earning individual throwing honors were Haley Walker (discus, 46.52), Chris Samaniego (shot put, 16.68) and Karl Sralla (53.43). Over the two-day meet, the Mean Green throwing contingent swept all eight events.
The men’s 4x100 relay crew of Antonio Delacruz, Davonye Jones, Jared Johnson and Karlington Anunagba clocked a time of 39.94 seconds for the title. A late push by Laurynn Hogan in the 800-meter run propelled her to cross the finish line in 2:16.87 for first place, and Michael Gonzalez cleared 4.87 meters in pole vault for the top award.
The Mean Green will host the North Texas Classic on April 10.
Saturday doubleheader brings 2 wins for UNT
North Texas hit four home runs as its pitching staff limited UAB to just a pair of runs en route to a sweep of Saturday’s doubleheader to split the opening Conference USA series.
The Mean Green beat the Blazers 6-1 in Saturday’s Game 1 before clinching the day with a 2-1 victory in Game 2. UNT had dropped two games to UAB on Friday.
“It was big-time for our group to come back today and win two games,” coach Rodney DeLong said. “Our backs were against the wall in the series and we really responded well today with some great individual performances and our pitching staff kept them at bay all day.”
The Mean Green will now hit the road for a 10-game road trip beginning with a three-game nonconference set in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, next weekend.
In Game 1, Mikayla Smith came up big for UNT as she hit her first two career home runs and had a career-high four RBIs. Hope Trautwein picked up her fifth win of the year in her 43rd career complete game performance, striking out seven and allowing only one run on four hits.
Mean Green fall 4-2
to No. 49 Tulsa
The top of the North Texas doubles lineup beat the nation’s No. 26-ranked doubles team and junior Lucie Devier had a straight-set victory over a top 100 opponent in singles, but those were the Mean Green’s only wins on Saturday as they lost 4-2 to No. 49 Tulsa.
UNT (6-10) began Saturday’s match with an impressive doubles team performance that coach Sujay Lama called one of the best they’ve had all year.
“Everyone on this team has had big-time victories over great opponents,” Lama said. “We just didn’t all have it today and didn’t all put it together in singles.”
Saturday’s loss ends the Mean Green’s four-match winning streak.
UNT will host UT-Arlington on Wednesday for its next match.
— From UNT sports information