Busy Weekend Pays Off For North Texas Track
Track Wraps Up Competitions in California and Oklahoma
DENTON--North Texas track and field was busy this weekend, with distance taking on two meets in California and other team members competing at the John Jacobs Invitational in Oklahoma.
North Texas had some success with the small travel squad they took to OU. Overall, North Texas men finished fifth with 37 points, and women took seventh with 30 points.
Shahaf Bareni won the women's high jump with a 1.80m jump. Freshman Lafiel Smith got third in the men's long jump (7.16m) and seventh in men's 400m hurdles (56.50). Eddie Wilcox placed fifth in the men's high jump with a 1.97m jump.
Benjamin Brokenshire finished fourth in the men's pole vault (4.85m). Austin Williams placed fourth in the men's triple jump with a 13.39m jump. Chelsea Classo placed sixth in the women's triple jump with an 11.54m jump. Tori Clark and Kandace Rose placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the women's shot put with 13.15m and 12.99m throws. Ngozi Nweke earned seventh in the women's discus throw, with a 46.95m throw. Nweke also finished seventh in the women's hammer throw with a 49.28m throw.
In California, North Texas took on two separate but equally challenging meets.
"Everyone handled the pressure well and enjoyed feeling fresh and really took advantage of the opportunity they had to compete and run fast," said distance coach Stefanie Slekis.
"It was a big accomplishment for Bryce to take 2nd at the morning sections of the 1500m at Mt. SAC, especially closing his last 400 meters in 57 seconds shows great potential for championship races ahead," Slekis said.
Alex Hita's 1:54.30 at the Clay Invite earned him 32nd in the men's 800m and his 3:56.00 1500m was a new PR. Magdalena Escobar placed 48th in the women's 1500m (4:36.50) Christina Moralez finished 75th with a time of 4:41.58.
"I'm very pleased of where we are for the conference meet in 4 weeks," sai Slekis. "We're going to do a bit more speed work in the next 2 weeks and then the last 2 weeks is all about feeling rested and fresh. The LonghornInvitational was our best meet of the regular season last year so we're looking forward to the whole distance group competing there and running some PRs before the conference meet. We've put in all the strength work we need the past 6 weeks so now it's time to feel sharp and race fast!"
Up Next for the Mean Green
North Texas takes on the Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos, texas on April 25, and the Longhorn Invitational in Austin on May 2.