COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Junior Alexus Henry smashed her own school record in the indoor high jump and moved to No. 2 in the NCAA this season to highlight day one of action at Texas A&M’s Charlie Thomas Invitational.
Henry cleared 6-1 ¼ (1.86m) while competing in the event during the pentathlon. She surpassed her old record (5-11 ½) set in 2016 by nearly two inches. She is the first UTA female to top the 6-foot mark indoor or outdoor.
The top 16 individuals after the regular season and conference meets are completed will qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships March 9-10 in College Station. Last year’s cut-off height was 6-0 ½.
The native of Bridge City, Texas, ultimately finished sixth in the pentathlon with 3,249 points. She was on pace to break her school record in that event (3,666) as well until she had to drop out of the final event, the 800 meters.
In other action, Tori Shelton placed third in the women’s 5000 meters with a personal-best indoor time of 17:05.16. That figure ranks third on the school’s all-time list, just 13 seconds off the school record set in 2001. It is the best in the Sun Belt Conference by more than a minute and ranks among the nation’s top 75 times in 2018.
On the men’s side, Tyler Forde placed 11th in the 5000m with a clocking of 15:18.87. It is the fourth-best time in the Sun Belt this year.
The Mavericks will complete the rest of the meet Saturday. The final three events of the men’s heptathlon begin at 9:30 a.m. Individual running and field events begin at 12:30 p.m. Live results are available at FlashResults.com, while live video will be available at Watch ESPN.
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