Track and field opens the spring season with early loss

Grant Gordon

The men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Fayetteville on Friday for their season-opening dual meet against Arkansas. Despite several promising individual performances, both were easily defeated by the Razorbacks.

But the losses also could be partly attributed to several key male and female performers were held out of the meet as the teams ease their way into a long and arduous season.

There were also several strong early season performances that bode well for the rest of the year.

On the men’s side, freshman sprinter Carlton Anumnu won the 60 meters in a time of 6.90 seconds, and junior throwers Blake Jakobsson and Will Spence won the weight throw and shot put, respectively.

For the women, senior Shanay Briscoe won both the high jump and shot put, while junior Kaitlin Petrillose came up just short of breaking her own UT record in the pole vault.