May 9, 2009
Nacogdoches, Texas - Both of the UTA track teams had a successful second day at the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships as many Mavs qualified first the preliminaries of individual events.
UTA jumper Isiah Clements turned in one of the most impressive performances on Saturday in the men's high jump final. Clements won the event with a jump of 2.10 meters. The San Antonio native scored ten points with his top finish in this event. Also, he out jumped Andrew Duncan III in the event, who set the team record and qualified for the regional meet last week at the Mean Green Twilight Invitational, who finished in 5th place with a jump of 2.00 meters.
Adolphus Jones, who sat in first place in the men's decathlon after day one of competition, grabbed a fourth place finish Saturday. His finish Saturday is the highest of the season for the junior in the event. Jones scored five team points with his finish and the highlight of his day came in the 1500 meters where he finished second with a time of 4:40.12. The pride and joy of St. Kitts and Nevis added to his decathlon finish in the men's high jump placing 11th with a leap of 2.00 meters.
Jared Cloud finished in eighth place behind Jones in the decathlon. Cloud grabbed one team point for UTA.
Ozie Hood ran one of his most impressive heats of the season in the men's 1500 meters prelims turning in a second place finish. Hood legged out the heat in 4:02.60 and he narrowly edged out Heinz Schwartzkopf who ran the eighth best time with a 4:02.98.
Junior Aundrea Williams set himself up nicely for Sunday's final in the 400 meter hurdles as the hurdler ran the heat in 51.99 and grabbed second place.
Top sprinters Jarid Vaughan and Cordero Gray made noise Saturday in the 100 and 200 meter prelims. Gray finished second in the 100 with a time of 10.43 and Vaughan was a tenth of a second off in third place at 10.53. In the 200 meters, Vaughan bested Gray grabbing second place at 21.44. Gray finished in fourth with a time of 21.50.
Yavor Gerenski scored two points for the Mavericks in the men's long jump final with a jump of 6.90 meters. Gerenski finished in seventh place.
On the women's side, Jasmine Walls was the star of the day finishing in first place in two event preliminaries. The regional qualifier topped the field in the 200 meter dash grabbing the fastest time at 23.59 and in the 100 meters Walls ran a 11.60 that was also good enough for first.
Antonia Hopkins held her own in the women's 400 meter prelim finishing in first place with a time of 54.84. Hopkins is the top seed for Sunday's 400 meter dash final. Also qualifying for the final was Brittany Culbertson who snagged the last spot in the final heat running a 57.67.
Amanda McMahon scored the most points for the Lady Maverick squad on Saturday in the 3000 meter steeplechase. McMahon was the fourth fastest in the event and she turned in a time of 11.34.70.
A pair of Lady Mavs finished the women's heptathlon on Saturday with Kimberly Strong scored one point for UTA. Strong finished in eighth place and Charquenta Dishmon placed 14th in a strong field of conference competitors.
The third and final day of competition gets started with the women's pole vault final at 10:30 a.m.
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