CORDERO GRAY PUNCHES HIS TICKET FOR NATIONALS IN THE 100 AT DAY TWO OF THE NCAA REGIONAL TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 30, 2009
Norman, Oklahoma - Sophomore sprinter Cordero Gray finishes third in the men's 100 meters final at the second day of the NCAA Regional Track and Field Championships. In the afternoon skies of Norman, Oklahoma Cordero Gray became the second Maverick of the weekend to qualify for nationals after turning in a 10.26 in the 100 meters. Head Coach John Sauerhage was impressed with his sprinters performance.
"Cordero had an outstanding week we are really excited because he's only a sophomore," Sauerhage said. "It was a good day for the Mavericks."
Gray joins Andrew Duncan III, who qualified in the men's high jump on Friday, as the pair of Mavericks who will compete in the national meet later this summer.
"Vaughan had an ab strain that forced us to keep him out this weekend," Sauerhage said. "He hurt it in the Southland Conference Championships so we didn't want him to ruin his whole year."
Vaughan was the fastest UTA male runner in the 100 and 200 meters heading into this weekend's regional meet.
Also, Gray finished seventh in the men's 200 meter final with a time of 20.75 which will bring him to consideration for an at large bid for the national meet.
"We will have to wait and see with Cordero in the 200," Sauerhage said. "His time is good enough to be considered for nationals."
The men's 4X100 and 4X400 turned in good performances Saturday and are now in the consideration for an at large bid to the national meet.
"The 4X100 finished seventh and a ran a 40.80 and the 4X400 finished eighth with a time of 3:06.93," Sauerhage said. "We'll have to wait and see what the selection committee decides."
On the women's side, Jasmine Walls and the 4X100 relay team put themselves in contention for an at large bid with a pair of stellar performances on Saturday.
"Jasmine raced well today and the 4X100 finished sixth with a time of 45.65," Sauerhage said. " Once again we have to wait for the selection committee's decision."
Full results of this weekend's action are available on soonersports.com/sports/c-track.