North Texas Spring Classic wraps up with a succesful Saturday

Schwarzkopf broke the meet record in the 3000 meter steeplechase.
Schwarzkopf broke the meet record in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

April 11, 2010

ARLINGTON, Texas - After splitting the squad last weekend for the Texas and McMurray Relays, the full squad traveled north to the North Texas Spring Classic at the University of North Texas.

The meet started with the multi events on Friday which saw Kimberly Strong and Raquel Kilgore compete in the women's heptathlon. Through four events, Strong held down third place with 2724 points and Kilgore seventh with 2326. The long jump, javelin throw and 800 meter completed the event and Strong came out on top. Kilgore moved up one space and finished sixth.

Saturday brought the majority of the running events. Jasmine Walls (11.81) and Shannon Reynolds (11.96) placed fifth and tenth in the 100 meter dash. Three of the finishers above Reynolds were unattached.

Similar to the 100 meters, Walls, Reynolds and Antonia Hopkins finished in the top 12 in the 200 meter dash.

The women also saw three runners place inside the top 12 in the 400 meter run as well. DeAndrea Smith (55.56), Brittany Culbertson (57.38) and Hopkins (55.56) finished 12th, 10th and sixth respectively.

Not to be outdone by the women, the men came through with three of the top eight times in the 200 meter dash. Cordero Gray (21.03) and Juan Lewis (21.42) finished one-two overall and Andrew Pettis (21.77) finished eighth.

The women continue to dominate the 800 meter run. Kisha Gaspard finished first overall with a time of 2:16.93. Behind Gaspard were Caroline Erlingson (2:18.68), Danisha Hicks (2:19.58), Marissa Paz (2:20.71) and Amanda McMahon (2:26.22).



Ozie Hood continues to place inside the top ten in the 800 meter run by finishing third with a time of 1:53.68. Hood also beat the prior meet record time in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:01.19. Unfortunately for Hood, he finished second and does not hold the meet record.

In the 100 meter hurdles, Krysten Brooks (15.27) and Sydney Johnson (15.54) finished ninth and tenth. The 400 meter hurdles were a little more kind. Megan Turner (1:02.86) and Doxie Thompson (1:03.50) finished fourth and fifth while Sydney Johnson (1:09.23) came in 13th.

The only Maverick to compete in the men's 110 meter hurdles was Renan Palma. Palma finished in second place with a time of 14.58.

Aundrea Williams was another Mavericks to finish second, but Williams was in the 400 meter hurdles. He finished a second off the meet record with a time of 53.90.

The women's 4x100 relay, composed of Jasmine Walls, Shannon Reynolds, DeAndrea Smith and Antonia Hopkins, came in first with a time of 46.29.

The field events for the women saw Eld-hah Kaswatuka finish second just fractions of a meter behind the winner with a distance of 11.95 meters.

Along with Kaswatuka, Kilgore came in fourth in the javelin throw with a distance of 34.21 meters.

Isiah Clements set the meet record in the men's high jump with a height of 2.11 meters. The previous record was 2.10 meters.

Wade Hayes continued his dominance in the pole vault finishing second overall with a height of 4.75 meters.

The javelin saw two athletes throw further than the previous meet record. Ivan Storic finished second with a distance 63.06 meters and has the second longest throw in the history of the meet.

The star of the day for the women was Jerono Patrober. Patrober set a North Texas Spring Classic record in the 1500 meter run. Her time of 4:41.54 beat the previous record by three seconds.

Not to be outdone by Patrober, Heinz Schwarzkopf broke the meet record in the 3000 meter steeplechase by a full 10 seconds. Schwarzkopf finished first overall with a time of 9:43.70 and holds the new meet record.

Up next for the Mavericks is the John Jacobs Invitational at the University of Oklahoma on April, 17.


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