April 17, 2003

by Michelle Astacio, Sports Information Student Assistant

ARLINGTON, TEXAS ---The University of Texas at Arlington men's and women's track and field teams both head to Waco this weekend for the Michael Johnson Classic, hosted by Baylor.

The Mavericks currently have nine athletes qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships in Lincoln, Neb. May 30-31. Five women have qualified including: senior Rukaiya Holland (Houston), junior Candeese Cawley (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica), junior Kajsa Haglund (Bastad, Sweden), junior Camille Duckett (Arlington) and sophomore Brittany Williams( Fort Worth). Four men have qualified including: senior Calvin Portley (Dallas), sophomore Clement Taylor (Nassau, Bahamas), freshman Adam Stafford (Merkel) and freshman Brian Allison (Danbury).

Holland qualified in the 200-meter dash Saturday at the KT Woodman Classic by running a 23.97. She also qualified in the long jump by posting a jump of 19-08.25. Holland was named Southland Conference Athlete of the Week this week for her performance last weekend.

Portley qualified in the 400-meter hurdles Saturday by running a 52.12. Portley's personal best is 52.09, which he ran in the 2001 outdoor season. Portley was named to the SLC Honor Roll this week for his performance at the KT Woodman Classic.

Allison qualified by jumping 24-02.25 in the long jump. Allison posted his personal best with this jump, bettering his former personal best of 23-01 by more than a foot.

Taylor qualified in the 100-meter dash by running a 10.38, bettering his season best of 10.56 by nearly 0.2 seconds. Taylor's personal best is 10.29, which he ran in high school.

The Mavericks will face competition from SLC rival Southwest Texas State, as well as Angelo State , Baylor, Seton Hall, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, North Texas, Oklahoma and Texas-Pan American. The Michael Johnson Classic will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday and continue Saturday at 9:00 a.m.





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