CORDERO GRAY NEARLY AN ALL-AMERICAN ON DAY ONE OF THE NCAA TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
June 11, 2009
Fayetteville, Arkansas - Sophomore sprinter Cordero Gray led the way for UTA on Wednesday at the 2009 NCAA Track and Field Championships as he nearly became the first Maverick All-American this year.
Gray ran a 10.28, two tenths of a second off his personal best time for the year, in prelims of the 100 to qualify 10th for Wednesday night semi-final. The Arlington native followed his prelim performance up with another 10th place finish running a 10.41 in the heat. That time was four-tenths of a second off the eighth place time and the last spot for the final.
Junior field competitor Andrew Duncan III competed in the men's high jump and failed to clear the opening height of 2.05 meters. Duncan III was among five athletes to not register a height in the event.
The men's 4X100 relay that consists of Gray, Jarid Vaughan, Takeshi Fujiwara and Byron Majors finished 15th in the prelims of that event Wednesday afternoon. The team ran its' third fastest time of the year turning in a time of 39.85. The Mavs did not qualify for the finals, but did run faster than Pac-10 powerhouses ASU, USC and Washington.
For a compete schedule of events and news about the 2009 NCAA Track and Field Championships, check out arkansasrazorbacks.com.