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More personal records set at UTEP Invitational

More personal records set at UTEP Invitational

April 15
22:58 2013

Quentin Hope / Staff Writer

The UNT track and field team traveled to El Paso, Texas, over the weekend to compete at the University of Texas-El Paso Invitational.

Some athletes accomplished personal bests once again, but not all of them were happy with their individual performances.

“I got a PR [personal record] in the 400-meters, but I don’t think it was my best,” sophomore sprinter Jamila Cartwright said. “In the relays we did OK. We also hit another PR, but it still wasn’t what the coach was expecting.”

Cartwright ran a season best 55.91 in the women’s 400-meter dash, placing seventh. Cartwright took part in the women’s 4×400-meter relay, composed of Chastity Stewart, Ashley Henry and Nadiyah El-Amin. The women ran a time of 3:43.84, placing third.

For the men’s team, senior sprinter and hurdler Steven White and senior thrower Aaron Sirles were the only two to bring home first place honors for the Mean Green. Sirles threw a toss of 165-08 feet in the men’s shotput.

He said he was successful because of the motivation he received from an old friend and UTEP graduate, whose shoes he wishes to fill.

“He was throwing and trying to get back in to try and see if he can make world’s competiting unattached,” Sirles said. “He’s pretty much living the same life that I’m about to live when I graduate.”

White finished first place in his event of the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.80. White said he was very pleased with the time considering he is not at a full 100 percent. White has been dealing with a lingering injury since the early part of the season and feels so much more can be shown.

“I haven’t completely healed from my injury,” White said. “But going out there and being in my same element, running as good as I was before really shows how fast I’m improving.”

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