UTA TRACK AND FIELD TEAMS EARN SEVERAL TOP FINISHES IN OKLAHOMA
Feb. 3, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. - - UT Arlington sophomore sprinter Jasmine Walls continued her impressive indoor season with a victory in the 200 meters Saturday in the final day of the J.D. Martin Invitational in Norman, Okla. Walls clocked a time of 24.70, beating Tominque Boatright of Arkansas. The time for Walls isn't her best this season - 24.41 is her fastest 200 so far - but it does mark the second consecutive meet where Walls left town with a victory in that event.
Walls won the 200 on Jan. 18 at the Texas Tech Invitational.
She also finished fifth in the 60 meters Saturday with a time of 7.63, narrowly edging Domonique Lauderdale of Arkansas.
The Mavericks, who elected to compete in Oklahoma instead of going to Nebraska this weekend as was previously scheduled, also got solid second- and third-place finishes from Annabelle Everitt and Megan Moore in the 300 meters. Everitt ran a 10:46.97 for second. Moore was third with a 10:53.12.
On the men's side, Jody Broccoli-Hickey won the 3000 meters with a time of 8:38.88, beating Joseph Chebaibai of Oral Roberts by a couple of seconds.
Cordero Gray ran a quick 6.85 for second place in the 60 meters, beating teammate Jarid Vaughn's 6.86. Both times aren't far off the 6.74 needed to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships. Former UTA sprinter Jared Connaughton, running unattached, ran a 6.69 in the preliminaries.
Gray also ran well in the 200 meters, finishing third with a 22.31.
A recent addition to the Mavericks roster, Takeshi Fujiwara from El Salvador, earned a fourth-place finish in the 400 with a 49.32.
Jose Balleza was third in the mile run open division with a 4:29.22.
UTA 4x400 relay team finished second with a 3:21.15.
Wade Hayes improved his season-best in the pole vault by clearing 16 feet, 6 inches, which was three inches better than his best this year and good enough for third place.
Quinchun Carey was second in the long jump. His 23 feet, 9-inch jump earned second place.