NORMAN, Okla. (2/2/08) Due to un-practicable weather conditions and illness, Lauren Wiggins has yet to reach her full potential so far this season; that’s the scary part.
Wiggins, a junior from Carrollton, Texas set a school record and finished third in the 60-meter hurdles to lead the North Texas track and field team at the JD Martin Invitational. Her mark of 8.29 is also an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. This is the second consecutive week that Wiggins has set the school record in the 60-meter hurdles. Her time of 8.46 last week at the Razorback Invite bested the previous mark of 8.47 that Wiggins set in 2006.
“Lauren (Wiggins) is just a competitor,” said North Texas head coach Rick Watkins. “She hasn’t been feeling well over the last week. Then you add the fact that she’s only really been able to practice hurdling on the track one day since the Texas Tech meet, makes it quite remarkable.”
Wiggins’ time of 8.29 is the fastest time in the Sun Belt and the 11th best in the nation so far this season in the hurdles.
Rachel Runnels paced North Texas in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.59 in the finals for a third place finish. Wiggins finished fourth behind Runnels with a 7.62.
Alana Tyler and Shayla Hart also turned in good performances in their respective events for the North Texas women. Tyler, a junior from Dallas, improved on her season best by nearly two feet, taking home second in the weight throw with a toss of 54-03.75. Hart narrowly missed setting a record of her own in the 600-yard run as the junior from Rowlett, Texas ran a 1:25.68; just two-hundredths of a second slower than the school record.
On the men’s side, Toby Zelt equaled his personal best for the second consecutive week with a jump of 15-09.00 in the pole vault. Competing in the heptathlon for the first time in his collegiate career, Jordan Wehr finished fourth, missing the school record by just 20 points. Wehr, a freshman from Austin, finished amongst the top three in three of the seven events in the heptathlon, including a second place finish in the 60-meter dash.
North Texas will take part in the its final tune-up meet as they travel to Lubbock, Texas for the Texas Tech Invite next weekend.