Norman, Okla. (2/3/07) It only took two meets, but Brandi Stanfield has already qualified for the NCAA championships after her performance Saturday at the J.D. Martin Invitational.
Stanfield’s leap of 41-08.5 in the triple jump eclipsed the NCAA provisional qualifying mark, and although it was only enough for third place it still was enough to potentially send her to the NCAA championships for the second time in as many seasons. Despite only a third-place showing in the triple jump, her mark of 19-05.5 was good enough to edge Portia Nash of Oklahoma for the win in the long jump. Stanfield’s was one of three victories for the Mean Green women for the weekend.
Alana Tyler’s throw of 52-11.0 in the weight throw was not only good enough for the win, but was also enough to break the school record in the event that was just set two weeks ago in Lubbock. Tyler entered the season holding the women's indoor record, but Shauna Shepherd topped that mark in the first meet of the season.
In what is quickly becoming one of the Mean Green’s premier events - the 200 meters the women who bunched three runners within two tenths of a second and took the top three spots on the podium. Ciara Smith, Keisha Hornsby and Rachel Runnels finished 1-2-3 with Smith’s 25.29-second time leading the way.
The Mean Green also got its first look at its relay squads on Saturday. In the 4x440 yard relay the North Texas B’ team finished second, only four tenths of a second behind Oklahoma. The A’ team was right behind them in third place.
Other notable performances from the women included Heather Wood finishing fourth in the weight throw and sixth in the shot put. Senior high-jumper Ryan Hill cleared 5-06 to finish in sixth.
On the men’s side it was Heath Smith with a couple of solid performances in the throws, finishing second behind Oklahoma’s Kevin Bookout in the shot put with a throw of 51-03.0. Smith also pulled in a third-place finish in the weight throw.
High jumpers Mark Lee and Toby Edwards also had strong showings on Saturday. Edwards, making his season debut, finished in a tie for second with a leap of 6-08.25 while Lee also cleared the same mark; however, Lee finished in fourth place due to number of attempts.
Terry Lewis also continues to impress as a member of the Mean Green. After winning the 60-meter hurdles two weeks ago in Lubbock, Lewis finished third in Norman with a time of 8.25 seconds.
The 4x440 yard relay team also made its debut on Saturday, finishing third in a time of 3:23.27.
The Mean Green will be back in action next week when it travels to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Classic.
JD Martin Results