Texas-Tyler Nabs First ASC Track and Field Title

ABILENE, Texas - Texas-Tyler won its first American Southwest Conference men's track and field title on Saturday at Hardin-Simmons University.

The Patriots built a big lead on Friday with a strong showing in distance and throwing events and those two specialties again were strong on Saturday for the Patriots. UTT scored 240 points and easily outpaced Concordia (131) and Hardin-Simmons (113). Mississippi College had 70 points and Sul Ross State scored 54 points.

Demarcus Speight of Mississippi College won the 100 with a time of 11.03. Richard Snyder of Sul Ross State won the 200 with a time of 21.92 and also added a gold in the 400 meters with a 49.12.

UTT's Ford Noack won the 800 with a time of 1:55.08 and Nicklas Huff won his second event of the weekend with a 4:00.91 1,500 meters. Connor Benson of UTT won the 5000 in 16:40.37 and the Patriots had the five top runners in the event.

Derek Footer won a pair of titles in the hurdles. He won the 110 hurdles with a 15.33 and won the 400 hurdles in 55.87.

Mississippi College won the 4x100 relay with a 42.32 and Concordia won the mile relay with a 3:22.43.

Zeth Barron won the men's pole vault with a 13-3 ½ and Edward Johnson of MC won the long jump with a 21-2.

Buck Thompson of UTT won the shot put with a 53-7 and added the discus title with a 171-8. He won the hammer throw on Friday.

On Friday, in the 10,000 Wilson Alexander and Conner Benson finished 1-2 and the Patriots scored with fourth and fifth place finishes as well. Alexander won with a 36:05.88.

In the 3000 steeplechase Nicklas Huff won with a 10:21.56 and the Patriots won first, second, third and sixth.

Matt Denman of Concordia won the high jump with a 6-0 jump and Justin Gonzalez of Concordia won the triple jump with a 45-3 ½.

Buck Thompson of UT-Tyler won the hammer with a 143-4. Ed Palencia had a javelin throw of 211-10 to set a new career high.



Coach of the Year- Bob Helper, Texas-Tyler

Outstanding Track Athlete of the Year- Nick Huff, Texas-Tyler

Outstanding Field Athlete of the Year- Justin Gray, Hardin-Simmons

Oustanding Freshmen Co-Athlete of the Year- Justin Gonzalez, Sul Ross State and Richard Snyder, Concordia

High Point Athlete of the Year -  Buck Thompson, Texas-Tyler

Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year - Lee Caruthers, Sul Ross State


All event winners and/or the following people who scored at least 14 points in the meet are named All-ASC. 

Conner Benson, UTT

Shane Brogdon, MC

Travis Crafton, UTT

Matt Denman, CTX

Derek Footer, HSU

Justin Gonzalez, CTX

Justin Gray, HSU

Nicklas Huff, UTT

Christian Kearney, UTT

Matthew Markert, UTT

Cedric Miller, HSU

Michael Normand, CTX

Matt Ruhe, CTX

Richard Snyder, SRSU

Demarcus Speight, MC

Buck Thompson, UTT

Alexander Wilson, UTT

Information provided by HSU athletics department.

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