Distance Paces Mean Green at Texas A&M Invite

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Distance events paced the North Texas track & field team in head coach Carl Sheffield's debut at the Texas A&M 10-team Invitational on Saturday at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.

Senior Sara Dietz, who set the indoor school record in the 800-meter run last year, shattered her previous mark of 2:14.00 when she crossed the line in 2:11.36.

Dietz was the only member of the Mean Green to win an event on the day.


Junior Matt Russ led the men's side with a second place finish in the mile run, setting a new personal best at 4:13.94, which is good enough to lead the Sun Belt Conference.

Kendria Burton started things off for North Texas in the 60-meter hurdles, qualifying for the finals with a time of 8.96 seconds.  The sophomore would best that time in the finals heat, clocking in at 8.88 seconds.

CJ Fowler, who returned to the Mean Green after taking a season away for personal reasons, was impressive in his first meet back. The senior qualified for the 60-meter dash in 6.94 seconds, before turning around and setting a new personal record in the finals with the time of 6.92.

Sophomore Clinton Collins also kicked off the 2012 indoor season in style by taking fifth in the 200-meter dash, recording a 21.76 second finish for the second fastest time in his indoor career.

The field events saw Shahaf Bareni nab a second place finish in the women's high jump, clearing the bar at 1.65-meters, setting a new personal indoor best, bettering her jump of 1.60-meters at the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships.

Junior thrower Aaron Sirles claimed two top-10 finishes with indoor personal records at the meet, taking sixth in the shot put with a toss of 15.30-meters and seventh in the weight throw with a distance of 15.95-meters.

Collins and Fowler teamed with Justin Flowers and Adam Thiel to claim first place in their heat in the 4x400-meter relay.  The group finished just under three seconds short of the school record in 3:14.99.

North Texas finished in seventh on the women's side with a team score of 27.15, while the men took home eighth with a total score of 23.

The Mean Green will return to the track for its second indoor meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the J.D. Martin Invitational in Norman, Okla.

North Texas Results:
Women's 60-meter hurdles:
7. Kendria Burton (8.88) -Final
8. Kendria Burton (8.96)- Preliminary
10. Ashley Starks (9.00)
13. Kayla Savoie (9.18)

Men's 60-meter hurdles:
19. Darwin Moore (9.97)

Women's 60-meter dash:
17. Janesa Moore (7.83)
23. Tytiana Thornton (7.97)
28. Nadiya El-Amin (9.00)

Men's 60-meter dash:
8. CJ Fowler (6.92) - Final
7. CJ Fowler (6.94) - Preliminary
13. Justin Flowers (7.05)
16. Johnny Hickman (7.10)

Men's 1-mile run:
2. Matt Russ (4:13.94)
15. Austin Yaeger (4:33.59)

Women's 400-meter dash:
13. Ashley Harrison (57.08)

Men's 400-meter dash:
10. Steven White (49.47)
15. Adam Thiel (50.30)

Women's 800-meter run:
1. Sara Dietz (2:11.36) *
28. Olivia McKinney (2:32.47)

Women's 200-meter dash:
16. Chastity Stewart (25.44)
18. Kayla Savoie (25.52)

Men's 200-meter dash:
6. Clinton Collins (21.76)
11. CJ Fowler (22.05)
20. Johnny Hickman (22.50)

Women's 3000-meter run:
6. Ingrid Mollenkopf (10:10.02)
14. Leesa Morales (10:49.44)

Women's distance medley:
6. Arends, Stewart, Nickerson, Sullivan (13:32.01)

Women's 4x400:
11. Harrison, Moore, Burton, Thornton (3:54.04)

Men's 4x400:
Collins, White, Thiel, Flowers (3:14.99)

Women's Long Jump:
20. Chelsea Hermes (15-08.25 ft or 4.78m)

Men's Weight Throw:
7. Aaron Sirles (52-4.00 ft or 15.95m )
9. Charleston Lewis (49-06.25 ft or 15.95m)
12. Cody January (45-06.50 ft or 13.88m)

Women Shot Put:
10. Deja McKnight (39-10.00 ft or 12.14m)

Women Pole Vault:
6. Jessica McNew (10-7.00 ft or 3.23m)
6. Sarah Vann (10-7.00 ft or 3.23m)

Men Pole Vault:
9. Jordan Yankovich (13-00.75 ft. or 3.98m)

Women's High Jump:
2. Shahaf Bareni (5-05.00 ft or 1.65m)
12. Chelsea Hermes (5-03.00 ft or 1.60m)

Men's Shot Put:
6. Aaron Sirles (50-02.50 ft or 15.30m)
11. Charleston Lewis (43-10.75 ft or 13.38m)

*- School record



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