First 2011 Meet In The Books For Track & Field

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Mean Green track & field kicked-off the 2011 indoor season on Saturday at the Texas A&M Conference Challenge.

The meet scored by conference affiliation, meaning that North Texas teamed up with Louisiana-Lafayette and ULM to take on schools from the Big 12, Southland and SWAC Conferences.

The Big 12, represented by two-time outdoor defending national champion Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Baylor took first on both the men's and women's side with 270 and 362.5 points respectively.

The Mean Green and the Sun Belt Conference finished in third in both the men's and women's final scores with 111 and 69.5 points, with the Southland Conference nabbing second place.

Senior Alysha Adams picked up where she left off in 2010 when she took second in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.34 seconds, finishing only .07 seconds behind the No. 2 ranked hurdler in the nation in Gabby Mayo (Texas A&M). Fellow teammate De'Ona Stafford finished in 7th (8.89).

Following her lead, junior Sara Dietz claimed a first place finish two races later in the one mile run, crossing the line in 5:14.39 in front of UTA's Marissa Paz.

Patrick Strong, the highest finisher in every meet for North Texas cross country in 2010, carried over his strong running and took first in the men's 3,000 meter run as he edged Oklahoma's Patrick Gomez down the stretch by .3 seconds and clocked in at 8:37.35.

The men's distance medley relay kept pace with some of the other distance events run Saturday afternoon when it took first place in convincing fashion in 10:21.07, over 14 seconds in front of the second place team.

Competing in her hometown, sophomore Haley Thompson tied for fifth in the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.62 meters or 5 ft. 3.75 in.

Saturday marked the appearance of North Texas' freshman class and they did not disappoint.

Sarah Vann took fourth in her first collegiate meet in the pole vault as she cleared 3.63 meters or 11 Ft. 10.75 inches.

Sprinter Clinton Collins ran well in his first appearance in Mean Green uniform when he completed the 200-meter dash in 22.02 which as good enough for 14th.

North Texas will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 22, when it heads to Norman, Okla., for the University of Oklahoma's Sooner Invitational.



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