MAVS QUALIFY MORE FOR NCAA REGIONALS
March 28, 2009
ARLINGTON, Tx. - The UTA track team hosted the 33rd annual Bobby Lane Invitational and continued to qualify athletes for the NCAA Regional meet in just the second outdoor meet of the season.
"The object of the season is to have athletes qualify for the regionals and we are continuing to do that here in the early part of the outdoor season," UTA head coach John Sauerhage said. "There were some tough conditions out there today and I thought taking everything into consideration it was a good day for us."
An unsual cold winter-like day met all of the athletes as temperatures stayed in the 40's all day and there was a strong north-westerly wind that added to the tough conditions.
"I'm happy for Jarid and Cordero and we did better in some events than we did last week but today was tough out there," Sauerhage said. "Next week is the Texas Relays and I would think the weather will be better and we can continue to improve."
The men's 4x100 relay team, which had already qualified for the regionals with the fastest posted time in the nation this season, won its second race of the year with a time of 40.46. Not to be outdone, the women's team in the same event, consisting of Jasmine Wallas, LaDoreal Thompson, Bianca Gentle and Clarissa Toomer, won with a time of 47.12.
"It was a tough day to run but it is good to get a qualifying mark and keep getting better," Vaughan said. "I know our relay team can be better and get that down into the mid-39's. I'm better at the 200 so now it is time to concentrate on that event and qualify for that."
Idilio Campos won the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.58 which narrowly missed qualifying for the regionals. Ozie Hood finished third in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:01.73. Aundrea Williams was the top collegiate finisher in the 400 meter hurdles with a mark of 53.21.
Isiah Clements and Andrew Duncan III took first and third respectively in the high jump. Clements had a mark of 2.05 meters while Duncan finished at 2.00 meters. Wade Hayes finished in a tie for first in the pole vault with a mark of 4.55 meters.
Jasmine Walls also just missed in 100 meters with a time of 11.93 which was third and she also finished second in the 200 with a time of 24.03. Ryan Green finished in a tie for first in the high jump with a mark of 1.70 meters while Caroline Erlingson finished third in the 1500 meters and fifth in the 800 meters
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner also participated in the meet and ran a time of 20.85 in the 200 meters. Gray finished second in the race.
The UTA men won the meet with 147.50 points. SMU won the women's competition with a score of 110.75 UTA finished second with 92.25 points.