MISSION ACCOMPLISHED FOR UTA AT THE MEAN GREEN TWLIGHT INVITATIONAL
April 30, 2009
Denton, Texas - The stormy conditions that plagued most of north Texas on Wednesday was not a factor for the UTA track teams on Thursday at the Mean Green Twilight Invitational as three Maverick athletes and one relay team punched their ticket to the NCAA Midwest Regional Meet.
Junior Andrew Duncan III and freshman jumper Isaiah Clements secured their bid to regionals in the men's high jump final Thursday afternoon. The Austin native won the event with a jump of 2.15 meters and Clements finished closely behind in third place with a mark of 2.10 meters. Both men set their season best marks with their performances.
Duncan III wasn't finished with his qualifying ways in only the high jump. He finished second in the men's triple jump final with a leap of 15.23 meters and qualified for regionals in his second event of the meet. His second place jump of 15.23 meters is a season best mark in the event for the entire team.
The third member of the Maverick trio that qualified for regionals came on the women's side. The Kenyan born Lydia Chebii finished first in the women's 3000 meters. Her time of 10:31.16 beat the regional qualifying mark by nearly 20 seconds and that time makes Chebii the third Lady Maverick, along with Amanda McMahon and Caroline Erlingson, to become eligible in this event.
Not to be outdone by the individual efforts on the afternoon, the women's 4X100 relay team turned in a phenomenal run and finished second in the final with a time of 45. 70. This time is a season best time for the relay and it is fast enough to qualify for the regional meet to be held in Oklahoma next month. Antonia Hopkins, Jasmine Walls, Clarissa Toomer and LaDoreal Thompson had no time to spare as they finished the race in the exact qualifying time, 45.70.
Lady Maverick hurdler Doxie Thompson was second best in the women's 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.23. Thompson also went on to set a personal best time in the 100 meter hurdles and grabbed a 7th place finish with a time of 14.91. Thompson was preceded by teammate Kimberly Strong in this event as she finished in 6th and set her new personal best time 14.87. This is UTA's overall season best time in the women's 100 meter hurdles.
Strong's best performance of the day came in the women's high jump final where the junior claimed third place with a mark of 1.58 meters. This jump set her new personal best in this event.
Sophomore sprinter Andrea Guerra had a season best finish in the women's triple jump final with a leap of 5.55 meters. Guerra finished third which is the highest she has placed in this event all season long.
Back on the men's side, Zach Zura and Ivan Pinal broke the previous Mean Green Twilight Invitational meet mark in the men's 3000 meter final. Zura and Pinal were among a group of ten runners to break the mark. Zura finished in 6th with a time of 9:18.37 and Pinal was close behind in 8th place with a time of 9:38.71. Both men set personal best times with their performance Thursday afternoon.
Distance runners Ozie Hood and Idilio Campos were 1st and 2nd in the men's 1500 meter final finishing with times of 4:00.83 and 4:01.66, respectively. The duo has finished first or second in this event in three meets so far this season.
Dwight Robinson and Aaron Deckard finished back to back in the men's 400 meter hurdles coming in second and third, respectively. Robinson ran a 53.03 and Deckard ran 54.48 in the final and both men set their personal best marks for the season.
Other notable Maverick finishes from Thursday include:
Wade Hayes finished 2nd in the men's pole vault final with a height of 4.75 meters.
Timothy Thompson placed 2nd in the men's 110 meter hurdles final at 15.29.
Zach Davis was the second fastest runner in the men's 800 meters with a time of 4:54.77.
Eddie Beckwith finished 3rd in the 400 meter final with a time of 48.04.
Megan Turner was 3rd in the women's 400 meter hurdles final finishing in 1:03.45.
Jasmine Gonzalez placed 2nd in the women's triple jump final with a leap of 11.26 meters.