CONNAUGHTON CRUISES TO FINALS
May 26, 2006
AUSTIN, Texas - UT-Arlington junior sprinter Jared Connaughton showed the confidence of a champion as posted the second fastest 200-meter qualifying time with a 20.70 Friday night to advance to Saturday's finals at the NCAA Midwest Track and Field Championships.
Connaughton, who won the Southland Conference 200 meters with a 20.59 two weeks ago at Maverick Stadium, was second only to Houston junior Carey LaCour's 20.60. He and the seven other finalists will compete at 8 p.m. Saturday with the top five finishers advancing to the NCAA National Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif., June 7-10.
Senior pole vaulter Shay Collett had a bittersweet day as he placed seventh with a height of 5.41 meters (17-feet, five-inches) to give UT Arlington its first points of the meet. His height matched that of Texas Tech's Sage Thames and Nebraska's Ray Scotten who advance to the national meet, due to fewer misses than Collett at heights of 5.21 meters and 5.31 meters.
Junior Jon McDowell clocked the second fastest time of his career in the 110-meter hurdles (14.19) but it was not good enough to advance to Saturday's finals. Teammate Edward Broadnax finished 14.37 in the same heat.
Junior Coby Morrison failed to qualify for the finals in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.14.
The Mavericks' 4x100-meter relay team of McDowell, Morrison, Byron Majors and Connaughton finished the season with a time of 40.63.
Junior long jumper Quinchun Carey did not compete after a knee injury required surgery on Thursday.
Kansas leads the meet with 20 points followed by Big 12 members Texas (17) and Nebraska (16). UTA is tied for 24th with 1.5 points.