Big Day for Mean Green Track at Baylor
North Texas Had Most Successful Outtdoor Meet Yet in Waco
WACO--North Texas had their best meet of the outdoor season so far at the Baylor Invitational.
North Texas had the privilege of being at Baylor's inaugural track meet at the bear's brand-new Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium.
"I think we competed very well," said head coach Carl Sheffield. "I think the level of competition raised our own competition level."
Senior Alejandro Valencia won the men's 3000m steeplechase race in 9:10.94, his third-best time ever, good enough to put him in the top 25 3000m steeplechase times in the NCAA.
Sophomore Cody Campbell placed third in the men's 3000m, finishing in 8:47.93.Freshman Zach Kirkland placed fourth in the men's 1500m in 3:59.38. Junior Bryce McAndrew finished in eighth place in the men's 800m (1:55.40). Both North Texas 4X100m teams had success at Baylor, with the women's team placing fourth and the men's team finishing in fifth. North Texas women's throwers now rank 2, 4, and 5 in school history in the hammer throw. Tori Clark had a PR of 54.36 to rank her second. Ngozi Nweke had a PR of 49.32 to put her fourth, and Deja McKnight is ranked fifth.
"I was really pleased with all our performances," said distance coach Stefanie Slekis. "We're excited to go to the Texas Invite next weekend, that should also be pretty fast."
Sophomore Collin Heard finished fourth in the men's 100m dash, crossing the finish line in 10.56 seconds. Heard also placed sixth in the men's 200m dash (21.23). Junior Connor Bey placed sixth in the men's 400m with a time of 48.31. Junior Bryce McAndrew placed eighth in the men's 800m (1:55.40). Junior Grady Frazier finished sixth in the men's 3000m (9:01.41).
Shahaf Bareni placed fourth in the high jump, completing a 1.70m jump. Dominique Best placed fourth in the women's long jump with a 5.73m jump, and Mona Landry placed seventh with a 5.65m jump. North Texas women's throwers now rank 2, 4, and 5 in school history in the hammer throw. Tori Clark had a PR of 54.36 that ranked her second. Ngozi Nweke had a PR of 49.32 to put her fourth, and Deja McKnight is ranked fifth.
"We competed with the best of the best," said Sheffield, "It was a good night."
Up Next for the Mean Green
The Mean Green run the Texas Invite in Austin April 11, 2015.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
-Tevaun Scalllion placed 7th in men's 110H (15.15)
-Shauna Pali placed tenth in the women's 1500m with a time of 4:43.77
-Senior Dominique Best had a PR of 14.90 in the women's 100m hurdles