TLU athletics: Golf, Track & Field recaps
Posted on 3/3/2017 6:00:00 AM.
TLU men's golf eighth at Linda Lowry Invitational, women sixth
(Austin) - Texas Lutheran Men's Golf produced an eighth-place team finish Tuesday after the final 18 holes of play in the 36-hole Concordia Texas Linda Lowery Invitational.

At River Place Country Club, the Bulldogs posted a team score of 324 after a 308 on Monday.

Logan Miller led TLU with an 18th-place finish. He posted rounds of 74 and 79.

Kraig Zimmerhanzel and Wyatt Blezinger came home in 27th and 38th. Zimmerhanzel shot 80 after a 77 Monday, and Blezinger recorded a 79 after an 82 on Monday.

Colin Uecker and Garrett Losack tied for 38th and 65th, respectively.

Concordia Texas won the tournament with scores of 283 and 301. Seger Howell of Concordia won the individual title with a 5-under 137.

The TLU women's team improved on its Monday score by 14 shots - firing a team score of 345 - Tuesday in the final round.

TLU freshman Summer Swift carded a 9-over 79 to lead the Bulldogs to a sixth-place finish. She was named the SCAC Women's Golfer of the Week for her performance in the tournament.

Swift finished in a tie for sixth overall in the individual standings. Swift was five shots better on Tuesday.

Tarah Cochran and Kaley Martin improved their scores by seven and nine shots, respectively. Cochran went from a 93 to an 86, and Martin rebounded from a 95 to shoot 86.

Halie Lewis and Bailey Bowen rounded out the TLU play with scores of 94 and 98, respectively.

University of Texas at Tyler won the tournament with team scores of 312 and 328.

School records fall as TLU teams shine at Trinity Open
(San Antonio) - Texas Lutheran Women and Men's Track & Field combined to break four school records Saturday at the Trinity University Open.

The records fell in the men's 4x100 meter relay, the men's 110 hurdles, the men's pole vault and the women's 1,500.

Bryce Johnson, Darren Jones, Paris Foster and Marquis Brown shattered the school record for the 4x100 with a time of 41.90 seconds. That time broke the 2015 school mark of 43.01, set by Johnson, Brown, Zachary Velasquez and Chantz Singletary.

Foster tied the school record in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.77. Foster now shares the school mark with JJ Hilman.

Chad Weiland cleared 4.40 meters (12.3 feet) in the pole vault to eclipse Kenny Moehrig's old school record of 3.75.

Ashley Rynard raced to a new school record in the 1,500 with a time of 4:49.61. She broke the 2002 mark of 5:03.05, held by Molly Lasater.

"Our times were sometimes faster than expected, and we were pleasantly surprised at how we competed against the NCAA Division 2, NAIA, Junior College, Division 3 and even post-collegian athletes," said Darlene Holland, TLU's head coach for women and men's track and field. "We have a mixture of young and now seasoned athletes for both genders; and as we continue on in the season, we will see improved performances across the board."

"The throwers continue to be a dominant force in the area for Division 3 teams for both men and women, and we have a good solid group of them that are not only working toward capturing a conference title, but have aspirations to qualify for the NCAA Championships in May. Trinity didn't contest the hammer event; and that is another very strong one for TLU, so those throwers are anxious to compete in that event later on this season.

Velasquez finished as the second collegiate athlete in the open 400, and the the men's 4x100 relay also grabbed a runner-up finish. The men's 4x400 relay of Velasquez, LJ Jones, Darren Jones and Brown took second as well.

Alejandro Briseno and Garrett Garza were third and fourth, respectively, in the shot put, and Rynard and Kylee Garcia finished 1-2 in the 800. Rynard was second overall in the 1500 (first collegian) while winning the 800, and Meredith Berger garnered a second-place finish in the shot and third in the javelin.

Rynard and Wieland named the SCAC's Female Track Athlete of the Week and Male Field Athlete of the Week, respectively, for their performances.

"Our next meet will be at the Gobbler Relays in Cuero on Saturday, March 4," said Holland. "The 4x400 relay that ran at Trinity will be competing at Wisconsin-Stevens Point also on Saturday, March 4 to make a run at an NCAA Indoor Championships qualifying mark."

"In order to make NCAAs, we will need to run a time equivalent or a little faster than what we ran at Trinity to make it. Brown has already secured himself a spot in the open 400 meters and hopes to bring his teammates along with him in the 4x400 relay."


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