UT ARLINGTON MEN'S TRACK TEAM FLEXES MUSCLE IN HOUSTON
Feb. 9, 2008
HOUSTON - - In its final tuneup before the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships two weeks from now, the UT Arlington men's track teams left the UH-Bayou City Classic with six finishes of first or second place.
The performance earned the Mavericks a first-place finish out of 18 teams.
UTA scored 96 points, ahead of second-place Stephen F. Austin's 78. Junior pole vaulter Wade Hayes broke the school record with a vault of 17 feet, 2 3/4 inches. Hayes has provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships scheduled March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark.
On the women's side, sprinter Jasmine Walls made it three victories in three meets by winning the 200 meters.
Pole vaulter Wade Hayes improved his height in the pole vault for the third consecutive meet by clearing 17 feet, 2.75 inches. Hayes, a junior from Bonham, won the event and improved his season-best by eight inches. Cordero Gray, a freshman from Arlington, continued to impress by finishing second in the 60 meters with a time of 6.83 and first in the 200 meters with a 22.21.
Also earning second-place finishes were Ozie Hood in the 1-mile run, Jody Broccoli-Hickey in the 3000 meters and Quinchun Cary in the long jump. Broccoli-Hickey shaved five seconds off his personal-best this indoor season.
Jasmine Walls earned another victory in the 200 meters with a 24.69. Walls, a sophomore from Pearland, also finished third in the 60 meters with a 7.61.
The Mavericks return to action Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 at the conference indoor meet.