HAGLUND EYES GOLDEN PRIZE
May 16, 2004
SAN MARCOS, Texas - UTA senior runner Kasja Haglund poised herself to finish her collegiate career with a bang as she posted the fastest qualifying times in both the 800 and 1,500-meter runs during day two of the 2004 Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships here Sunday.
Haglund, the school record holder in the 1,500 meters, cruised in her heat to turn in a time of 4:40.25 to nip UT-San Antonio's Leticia Cerna.
In other action, Tara Burns narrowly missed a personal-best effort with 4,504 points to claim fifth place in the heptathlon. Last year, Burns finished in eighth in the SLC multis with a career-best 4,534 points. Senior distance runner Jacob Cedertun took sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Sunday was a day of preliminary heats in the running events to set the stage for Monday's finale. Three UTA Mavs - Paul Whitty, Adam Stafford and Ed Broadnax - advanced to Monday's finials in the 110-meter hurdles. Both Glen Taylor and Jared Connaughton reached Monday's finals in both the 100 and 200-meter dash. Camille Duckett, Brittany Williams and Kourtnee Jones each qualified for the women's 100 meters. Coby Morrison and Broadnax advanced to the finals of the men's 400-meter hurdles after posting preliminary times of 52.65 and 53.30, respectively. Both Cedertun and Tagi Davis advanced to the men's 800 meter finals.
As a team, the UTA women are in eighth place after day two with 10.5 points. Stephen F. Austin leads Texas State 62-59 for the top spot. In the men's division, SFA (82) holds a 24-point lead over Texas State (58). UTA stands in seventh place with 12 points in the men's division.