Kajsa Haglund has become an elite distance runner in the Southland Conference.
Kajsa Haglund has become an elite distance runner in the Southland Conference.

April 28, 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 continued to gear up for the Southland Conference meet as they competed at the Drake Relays, held in Des Moines, Iowa.

Junior Kajsa Haglund (Bastad, Sweden) has only run the 1500-meter run three times this season, but each time she pulls farther away from other SLC compeititors to esablish a league of her own. Haglund continues to lead the Southland Conference Women's Best for the season. She ran a 4:22.94 in the 1500-meter run Saturday to better her season-best time of 4:23.79. She is now less than half a second behind former Maverick Kristin Ahlepil's time of 4:22.36 on the UTA Women's Outdoor Top Performers list and the Southland Conference All-Time Best list.

The women's distance medley, made up of Haglund, junior Miranda Zuniga (Diana), sophomore Kristi Bird (Keller) and freshman Ivorita Taylor (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica) finished eighth by running a 11:51.96.

Senior Rukaiya Holland (Houston) ran a 11.60 in the 100-meter preliminaries before running a 11.95 in the finals to finish seventh. Holland was also a member of the 800-meter relay team that placed fourth with a time of 1:35.87. Other members of the team were sophomore Shaniqua White (Killeen), sophomore Brittany Williams (Fort Worth) and junior Camille Duckett (Arlington).

The women's 400-meter relay team, which is made up of Holland, Duckett, Williams and Candeese Cawley (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica) once again qualified for regionals by running a 45.64, their second best time of the season.

The women's 3200-meter relay team, made up of Bird, Taylor, junior Lisa Haglund (Bastad, Sweden) and freshman Nicole Noel (Lewisville) ran a 9:09.49 to better their season-best 9:12.77, which they ran at the Texas Relays April 5.

On the men's side, sophomore Paul Whitty (London, Ontario, Canada) and freshman Adam Stafford (Merkel) continue to prove themselves as elite SLC hurdlers. Whitty ran a 14.21 in the 110-meter hurdles, while Stafford ran a 14.26 in the event. Both continue to remain at regional-qualifying standards for the event.

Whitty and Stafford teamed up with freshman Edward Broadnax (The Colony) and freshman Chris Lillie (Carrollton) to win the shuttle hurdle relay with a time of 57.48.

The men's 4X400-meter relay team, made up of senior Chad Polk (Dallas), senior Calvin Portley (Dallas), junior Josh Rosenthal (Carthage) and freshman Brian Allison (Danbury) posted a season-best time of 3:13.70.

The men's 3200-meter relay team, made up of Polk, senior Stefan Johansson (Falkoping, Sweden), senior Justin Leonard (Gunter) and junior Matt Biles (West) ran season-best 7:37.05.

Freshman Shay Collett (Conroe) qualified for regionals in the pole vault by clearing 16-00.75. Collett qualified at the RunSport/Rice Twilight meet Saturday.

The Mavericks will return to action on May 2 as they host the UTA Open at Maverick Stadium.




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