UT Tyler’s Ed Palencia has been named the American Southwest Conference Outdoor Track and Field Male Athlete of the Week.
Palencia, the UT Tyler record holder for the javelin throw, set a record last weekend in Waco.
The senior from Longview set the mark with a javelin throw of 62.70 meters at the Michael Johnson Classic.
Palencia, who takes the league’s top weekly athlete award for the second time this season, finished second in the field of 15. Six of the competitors were NCAA Division I athletes.
Palencia’s mark ranks in top-10 of NCAA Division III.
Patriot Buck Thompson and Nick Huff won Player of the Week before as well.
On Saturday, four UT Tyler athletes participated in the prestigious Michael Johnson Classic in Waco.
Along with Palencia’s performance, Ford Noack was seventh in 800 meters with a time of one minute and 55:12 seconds. In the 1500 meter run, Nick Huff was behind several D1 runners with a time of 4:02.34.
Junior Buck Thompson competed in the discus and shot put, throwing the shot 16.58 meters and the discus 49.46 meters, good enough for ninth and 10th place, respectively.
ASC TRACK & FIELD
The 2013 American Southwest Conference Track and Field Championships are set for Friday-Saturday at the HSU Track and Field Complex on the campus of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.
The field of teams includes Concordia Texas (men and women); Hardin-Simmons (men and women); Mississippi College (men and women); Sul Ross State (men and women); UT Tyler (men and women); and Texas Lutheran (women).
The league will crown a new champion on the men’s side in 2013 as 14-time defending champion McMurry has moved to Division II and the first two ASC men’s champion Howard Payne (1997, 1998) no longer competes in track and field. Texas Lutheran, under the direction of first-year head coach Darlene Holland, has won three straight women’s conference championships.
The championships get underway at 2 p.m. Friday with the high jump and triple jump. The hammer throw, javelin throw and 3000-meter steeplechase begin at 3 p.m., with the 10,000-meter run following at 4 p.m.
Saturday’s schedule begins with field events at 9 a.m. (discus, shot put, pole vault) and 10 a.m. (long jump).
The track schedule starts at 1 p.m. with the 4x100-meter relay and ends with the 4x400-meter relay at 4:45 p.m. The presentation of conference awards will take place at approximately 5:45 p.m.
The ASC men’s and women’s team and individual champions do not receive automatic bids into the NCAA Division III Outdoor meet. Competitors advance to nationals by meeting event qualification standards.
The UT Tyler wom-en’s golf team is ranked No. 10 in the nation, according to Golfstat, and now awaits an at-large bid for the 2013 National Championship. The Patriots finished as runners-up last week at the ASC Tournament in Lufkin.
Head coach King Campbell said “an at-large bid has usually been given to a non-automatic qualifier that is in the top-10 national rankings.
“We have an impressive resume, beating No. 1 (Mary Hardin-Baylor) and nationally -ranked Schreiner earlier this season, and an impressive finish at the Jekyll (Island) Invite earlier this year.”
The NCAA will make the announcement of the 2013 national title field on May 6 with the tournament taking place at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida.