George Patrick of UT competes in the 110 meter hurdles portion of the decathlon at the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Thursday March 30, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

Longhorns post personal bests at Texas Tech Classic

Posted January 26th, 2018

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The men’s heptathlon and women’s pentathlon kicked off the first day of the Texas Tech Classic in Lubbock on Friday.

George Patrick finished the day in third place with 3,271 points after setting personal bests in three events. Tyler Adams of Sam Houston State leads overall with 3,425 points.

Patrick won the 60-meter race of the invitational event with a time of 6.97 seconds. He took second in the long jump with a distance of 23 feet, 11 1/2 inches. Patrick then took fourth in the shot put with a toss of 43-3 3/4. His high jump effort was good enough for third place. He set a personal best mark at 6-7.

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Three Texas women competed in the pentathlon, with Georgia Wahl having the best day of the group. Wahl finished in eighth place with 3,717 points. Virginia Preiss wasn’t too far behind with her 3,614 points for 10th place.

Ashtin Zamzow finished in 24th place with 3,003 points.

Wahl posted personal bests in two events, the 60-meter hurdles and the high jump. She finished the hurdles in 8.89 for 10th in the event. In the high jump she cleared a height of 5-4 1/4. Her best finish in a single event was 6th place in the long jump as she posted a mark of 18-10. Wahl closed out the competition with a time of 2 minutes, 27.42 seconds in the 800 meters, moving her up two spots.

Preiss hit personal best marks in four of the five events. Her best finish was sixth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:25.29 seconds which moved her up to 10th place. Preiss finished the 60-meter hurdles in 8.97. She cleared a height of 5-3 in the high jump before putting the shot 34-1 1/4.

Zamzow took sixth in the shot put after a personal best throw of 39-10. Not clearing a height in the high jump moved her from seventh to 28th after two events.

The Texas Tech Classic continues on Saturday.

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