San Antonio - The Tiger track & field teams opened up the 2019 outdoor season with the Trinity University Open on Saturday, and several athletes turned in nationally-ranked times and marks.
Mia Loseff set a new school record in the pole vault with her jump of 3.65 meters in today's meet. She snapped a 14-year-old record that was set by Julie Lowstetter in 2005, and Loseff is now ranked #1 in Division III this season.
Abigail Bannon-Schneebeck posted a time of 1:02.33 in the 400-meter hurdles, which is also tops in D-III this season and is a new personal record. She also now ranks second in the nation in the 100-meter hurdles after posting another personal-best time of 15.18 seconds on Saturday.
The Tiger men's 4x100-meter relay team is also ranked #1 in D-III, after Christopher Stewart, Christian Matta, Romeo De Leon, and Peyton Tuggle finished in 41.53 seconds. That time also ranks second in school history.
In addition to the 4x100-meter relay accolades, Tuggle also joined with Seve Rodriguez, Sean Majors, and Raphael Martin in the 4x400-meter relay for a time of 3:23.91 that ranks second nationally. That time also puts the relay team into the top 10 in school history.
Tuggle also had a strong individual meet as well, ranking second nationally in both the 100 meter and 200 meter dash. He crossed the line in 10.93 seconds in the 100 meter race, then blazed to the finish in the 200 meters in just 22.04 seconds. Those times place him in the top 10 in school history for both events.
Blair Walker and Rodriguez are ranked third and fourth in the nation, respectively, in the 400 meters. Walker ran the event in 48.91 seconds and Rodriguez posted a time of 49.54 seconds, with Walker's time moving him up to second in school history.
In the field events, Majors is second in the nation in the long jump with a mark of 6.88 meters - a mark that moves him into the top five in school history. Naim Barnett is third nationally in the triple jump at 13.52 meters, falling just short of his personal record.
Robert Slaybaugh is ranked second in D-III and cracked the top five in school history, with his throw of 14.21 meters in the shot put. Slaybaugh also stands fourth in the discus at 43.48 meters, which also places him in the top 10 all-time at Trinity. Tanner Lacy vaulted 4.30 meters in the pole vault to take over fourth place on Trinity's all-time list, as well as ranking sixth nationally in the event.
Molly McCullough is ranked #2 in Division III in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:49.46. Jordan Juran is second nationally in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 11:41.02, moving into the top 10 in school history.
Brianna Ratliff is fifth in the nation in the 5,000 meters at 18:34.38, while Andy Garza is third nationally in the triple jump after posting a mark of 11.12 meters and missing her personal-best by just 0.10 meters.
Trinity team members will compete March 14-15 in San Antonio at the University of the Incarnate Word (TX) Spring Break Meet in San Antonio.