May 20, 2003

SAN MARCOS, Texas...The University of Texas at Arlington women's track and field team finished third, while the UTA men finished fourth at the 2003 Southland Conference Track and Field Championships hosted by Southwest Texas. Stephen F. Austin took home the women's crown, while Southwest Texas captured the crown on the men's side.

Kajsa Haglund, a junior from Bastad, Sweden, continued to dominate the middle distance races by following up last season's double championship in the 800 meters and 1500 meters by repeating as SLC champion in both events again this season. Haglund won the 800m in a time of 2:09.15 and the 1500m in a time of 4:33.29. Haglund's two conference titles on Monday give her seven individual championships in her first three years at UTA. Haglund was also a member of the 1600 meter relay team that finished fifth in a time of 3:53.33.

Senior Rukaiya Holland, a sprinter from Houston, closed out her UTA career by placing second in the 100 meters and 200 meters. Holland ran a personal best 11.48 in the 100m and a personal best 23.63 in the 200m. She was also a member of the 400m relay team that ran a 45.06, the second fastest time in school history. Holland ran the second leg on the relay, while Candeese Cawley started things and Camille Duckett ran the second curve, with Camille Duckett running the anchor. Holland did not just score points on the oval as she also took home a sixth place finish in the long jump with a leap of 19-03.50.

Duckett, a junior transfer from Arlington, placed fourth in the 100 meters and third in the 200 meters in her first outdoor championships. Duckett tied her season best with a 11.90 in the 100m and established a new personal best with a 24.06 in the 200m.

Cawley, a junior from St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, also turned in a good meet as she ran on both relay teams, as well as running her way to an eighth place finish in the 100 meters. Cawley was also very successful on the runways as she jumped 20-02.50 to finish second in the long jump and leapt 39-09.75 to finish eighth in the triple jump.

Other top finishes on the women's side include Shaniqua White's third place finish in the 400 meters (55.72), Ivorita Taylor's fifth place finish in the 800 meters (2:14.90) and Miranda Zuniga's fourth place finish in the 150 meters (4:40.90).

On the men's side, sophomore Paul Whitty, London, Ontario, Canada, continued set new personal best's in the 110 meter hurdles as he finished second with a personal best time of 13.71, just two-one hundreths of a second behind Sam Houston State's Adrian Ray. Whitty was also a member of the 400 meter relay team that qualified for regionals with a second place time of 40.44. Whitty ran the leadoff leg, while Adam Stafford ran second, Brian Allison third and Clement Taylor the anchor. Whitty also place sixth in the long jump with a jump of 23-11.75

Taylor, a sophomore from Nassau Bahamas, continued his success in the sprints as he took home fourth place finishes in the 100 meters and 200 meters. Taylor finished behind a trio of SHSU runners in both events with a time of 10.47 in the 100m and a 21.25 in the 200m.

Chad Polk, a senior from Dallas, place third in the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.34, just ahead teammate Justin Leonard, a senior from Gunter, with a time of 1:52.31.

Other top finishes on the men's side include, Stefan Johansson's fifth place finish in the 1500 meters (3:59.93), Erik Petersson's second place finish in the 5000 meters (14:56.28), Josh Rosenthal's (52.49) and Calvin Portley's (52.57) second and third place finishes in the 400 meter hurdles and Michael Sychrava's fourth place finish in the high jump (6-07.50).

The Maverick men and women return to action on May 30-31 at the NCAA Track and Field Regionals in Lincoln, Nebraska.




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