Mean Green's Archuleta Wins Gold In Javelin
Named Conference USA Freshman Of The Year
El Paso -- On the final day of the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, North Texas' Kristyn Archuleta was named C-USA women's Freshman of the Year and won the gold medal in the women's javelin throw with a school record throw of 49.39-meters.
Archuleta is the fourth outdoor Mean Green athlete to be named freshman of the year. She is the first to win a conference honor since North Texas joined C-USA in 2014.
On Sunday, she beat the previous program-record of 48.77, which she set at the Baylor Invitational on April 8. The Alamogordo, New Mexico, native won Sunday's competition by 2.37-meters to earn 10 points for the Mean Green women who finished in ninth place in team results. Archuleta was the only athlete to medal on Sunday. She is the first North Texas athlete to win a conference javelin title since Lakisha Gentry in 2003.
Throughout the four-day championship, Archuleta and her fellow North Texas underclassmen left their mark. Freshman Kacie Mayberry returned from injury to run the 800-meter race in 2:14.10 and take fifth place, which bested her qualifying ranking. Mayberry qualified for the race by posting a time of 2:13.70 on Saturday, which was sixth. It was also her second fastest time ever.
Mayberry and fellow freshmen Darrian Johnson and Artesha Richardson teamed up with sophomore Bria Williams in the 4x400-meter relay where they earned a point with a seventh place finish and a personal-best time of 3:48.24.
Williams, Richardson and freshman Breanna Eckels and junior Siara Obasuyi finished sixth in the women's 4x100 meter relay with a time of 45.85, which was a personal-best for all four women. They entered the race with a ninth-place ranking.
Eckels earned silver in the women's long jump on Saturday.
Richardson placed eighth in the 400-meter dash on Sunday with a time of 57.33.
In the women's 1500-meter run, junior Susannah Lynch hadn't run the month prior to Sunday but finished sixth with a time of 4:38.76. Sophomore Kelle McCann took 12th at 4:51.95.
On the men's team, sophomore James Cole finished seventh in 100-meter dash. His time of 10.59 fell
.05 a second shy of a personal-record. The men's team ended the championship with 37 points for a ninth-place finish.
Cole was also featured on the North Texas 4x100-meter relay team that took fifth with a time 40.84 seconds. They finished half a second from reaching the podium.
Heard finished eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.46.