Three local events benefit from help from Mavericks student-athletes
Third-year assistant coach Jordan Durham has quickly made her mark on the UT Arlington track program working with the team's sprinters.
In 2011, just her second in Arlington, she helped lead four athletes - Cordero Gray, Clayton Vaughn, Juan Lewis and Andrew Pettis - to Second-Team All-America honors. Gray and Vaughn both made the list in the 100 meters as well as in the 4x100-meter relay team, while Pettis and Lewis earned their spots through the 4x100 relay.
Durham also helped Gray win four Southland Conference championships - the 60m and 200m during the indoor season and the 100m and 200m during the outdoor season. He also earned Indoor Outstanding Track Athlete and Outdoor Athlete of the Year accolades, and finished as the Southland Conference Championships High Point Scorer at both meets.
Under Durham's tutelage, Gray also tied the school record in the 60 meters and broke the school record in the 100m with a time of 10.12.
In addition, freshmen Pamela Vinson and Vaughn performed well in their first years on campus. Vinson won the 60m and 200m during the indoor season, earning Southland Conference Athlete of the Year honors and High Point Scorer. Meanwhile, Vaughn turned in top-six finishes in the 60m and 200m during the indoor season and the 100m and 200m during the outdoor season.
In all, Durham helped athletes corral seven individual Southland Conference championships in 2011 - Gray in four events, Vinson in two events and Lewis in the 400m in the indoor season. She also guided three athletes - Shannon Reynolds in the indoor 100m, DeAndrea Smith in the outdoor 400m and Juan Lewis in the indoor 200m - to runner-up finishes.
Durham also mentored nine athletes who scored points in 12 events at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships in 2011 and six athletes who scored points in nine events at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships.
In 2010, the Mavericks' sprints coach helped All-Americans Gray and Jasmine Walls reach the NCAA Championships and had nine sprinters make appearances in the NCAA Preliminaries. In addition, Shannon Reynolds earned Southland Conference Freshman of the Year honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Durham became a full-time member of the coaching staff prior to the start of the 2010 season after serving as a graduate assistant at UT Arlington during 2008-09.
A three-time All-American at Arizona State, Durham was a member of three Sun Devils' national championship teams -- 2007 and 2008 NCAA Indoor and 2007 NCAA Outdoor.
Durham helped lead ASU's 4x400m relay to a third-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships and a fifth-place finish at the 2008 Outdoor meet. In 2007, she earned All-America honors in the 4x400m relay, as the team ran 3:35.96 and placed eighth at the NCAA Championships.
She transferred to ASU in 2006 after spending her freshman season at TCU.
A 2004 graduate of Kennedale High School in Kennedale, Texas, Durham was selected as the team's MVP all four years of competition. She helped lead the track team to a state title as a senior. She also was also a two-time all-district volleyball selection and captained both teams as a senior.
A native of San Angelo, Texas, she graduated from Arizona State with a degree in psychology and sociology.