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Several records set at East Texas Invite in Commerce

COMMERCE, April 21, 2014— The UT Tyler men's and women's track teams competed in one of the last events before the conference-championship, with several athletes setting new school records.  Alexis Baldwin set two new records in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash.

Baldwin, a freshman, set a new program-record in the women's 100 meter, finishing in 12.24 seconds which was good enough for second-place.

The Arlinton-native also finished seventh in the women's 200 meter, finishing in 25.80 seconds which also is a new program-record.

Kealey Gaffney set a new school record as well, running the women's 100 meter hurdles in 15.78 seconds, good enough for sixth-place.

Gaffney, Baldwin, Chelsey Grigsby and Alexus Mayfield teamed-up to finish third in the 4X100 relay, in a time of 48.87 seconds.

Shelby Bishop also had a strong showing, finishing as runner-up in the women's javelin with a toss of 27.80 meters.

Thrower Whitney Simmons continued her strong freshman year, finishing second in the hammer with a toss of 47.17 meters and third in the discus with a throw of 37.69 meters.

For the men, sprinter Kevonte Shaw recorded the fastest 100 meter run of the season for the Patriots, finishing seventh in 10.97 seconds.

Shaw also ran the fastest 200 meter of the season, finishing in ninth place with a time of 22.28 seconds.

Another freshman, Jonathan Paez tied his own school-record in the men's 100 meter hurdles, finishing fifth with a time of 15.35 seconds.

Nick Huff took second (4:02.64) in the men's 1500 meter, while Alex Wilson (4:12.90) finished eighth, and Cesar Rodriguez took 13th in 4:18.04.

Ford Noack set a personal-best in the men's 800 meter, finishing second in 1:52.54, while Conner Benson finished third in the men's 5000 in 15:36.14.

Travis Crafton finished third in the men's javelin with a throw of 46.63 meters, while teammate Owen Harry set a new personal-record with a toss of 33.94 meters.

Keiundas Wade set a new personal record in the shot put with a toss of 14.55 meters, finishing in fourth-place, while Matthew Roe finished fifth with a toss of 14.03 meters.

Buck Thompson finished first again in the men's discus, throwing 53.05 meters for the win.

Both teams will now prepare for the American Southwest Conference championships, April 25-26 in Abilene.


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