April 7, 2006

AUSTIN, Texas - UT Arlington senior pole vaulter Shay Collett added his name to the list of Mavericks headed to the NCAA Regionals with a vault of 5.20 meters (17-feet, .75-inches) and claimed fourth place in the university men's pole vault competition Thursday at the 79th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

Collett, who owns the school record of 17-04 1/4, will return to the Mike A. Myers Track Stadium for the NCAA Midwest Regionals, May 26-27. He joins teammate Jared Connaughton who qualified last week with the nation's fastest college time of 20.59 at the Bobby Lane Arlington Invitational last Saturday.

Sophomore distance runner Jodi Hulett clocked a time of 18-minutes, 20.31-seconds for seventh in the university women's 5,000 meters.

Junior Coby Morrison and senior Jon McDowell just missed the NCAA Regional mark in the 400-meter hurdles. Morrison's time of 52.59 and McDowell's 52.84 were just off the regionals time of 52.51. Jackson State's Michael Tinsley had a time of 50.05 to advance to Saturday's finals. In all, 16 athletes posted regional qualifying times in Thursday's prelims.

The men's 4x800-meter relay finished ninth among 15 teams with a time of 7:35.57. Oral Roberts set the stadium record with a 7:17.02.

Friday is a busy day for the Mavericks. Among those expected to compete is the top 200-meter runner in the Southland Conference this spring, junior Jared Connaughton. He recorded the top time in the conference this spring with an NCAA region qualifying time of 20.59 at the Bobby Lane Arlington Invitational Saturday. He will compete in both the 100 and 200 meter races. Prelims for the 100-meter dash is Friday morning at 9:30 a.m.

Senior Jacob Cedertun will lead a group of distance runners slated for competition. Cedertun will run in the Friday night 1,500-meter race.



The Mavericks are well-represented in the men's 110-meter hurdles. Edward Broadnax, Jon McDowell and Adam Stafford will compete in the prelims at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Freshman Andrew Duncan will take part of the high jump competition and NCAA Outdoor qualifier Quinchun Carey will try for a gold medal in the long jump on Friday.

Senior Mandy McGee will participate in the women's 400-meter hurdles. Ellen Garrison and Shana Rash will compete in the 100 meter prelims Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Competition continues through Saturday at the Mike A. Myers Track and Field Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. More than 50,000 spectators are expected for the four-day event.

UTA is looking for its first Texas Relays champion since Rebecca Johansson won the women's 10,000 meters in 2001. The last male to win was Erik Petersson in the 5,000 meters in 2001.


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