NT Track & Field Places Eight In Top 3 At Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (2/7/09) Freshman sprinter Keyth Talley continues to make a name for himself and if the Tuscaloosa native does not slow down the rest of the Sun Belt Conference could be in trouble.

Talley broke his own school-record (6.81) in the 60-meters that he had set in Arkansas last week with a second-place 6.74 performance in the finals Saturday at the Houston Invitational.

Talley set an NCAA Provisional Mark and tied him with A’Tolani Akinkuotu of NC State and Jeremy Hall of Florida for the 20th best time in the nation. He also had the best time in the prelims (6.79), topping the field of 91 runners.

Not only did Talley have a standout day in Houston, but North Texas as a whole had plenty to be happy about. Overall the Mean Green had eight athletes place in the top three.

Alysha Adams placed third in the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 8.45, coming up just shy of Lauren Wiggins’ school-record 8.25. Adams also won her heat in the prelims with a time of 8.64.

Senior Toby Edwards had his best jump of the season (6-08.25) to finish third in the high jump. The Athens, Texas native’s previous best mark was 6-07.00 at the Texas Tech Invitational in early January.

Junior Christal Brewster had her first top-three performance of the season in the pole vault by placing third with a height of 11-05.75. North Texas also got a third-place performance from Shayla Hart, who finished the 400-meters in a time of 58.46.

Sophomore Jordan Wehr and senior Josh Papagno finished second and third respectively in the pole vault competition. Wehr, who last week was named the SBC Performer of the Week, finished with a height of 16-00.75.

North Texas closed out the evening with the women finishing third in the 4X400 in a time of 3:56.50. The team comprised of Shayla Hart, Chrystal Mitchell, Ashley Harvey and Fallyn Farrow were within a little over a second for first place.

The men's 4X400 B team had a second place finish of 3:22.87.

Two members of the Mean Green placed in the top 10 in the long jump. Sophomore Kelli Johnson and junior Ashley Austin placed sixth (17-06.75) and seventh (17-06.25) respectively. Reigning freshman of the year in cross country Sara Dietz finished sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.19.

Sooner Open

The Mean Green also took part in the Sooner Indoor Open I Saturday afternoon in Norman, Oklahoma. Senior Alana Tyler finished second in the weight throw with a season-best distance of 54-06.75. Shauna Shepherd placed fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 51-04.50.

North Texas also had a top-three performance from sophomore Amanda Kean, who finished third in the one-mile run with a time of 5:15.66 in her first action of the season. Senior Phanice Orora finished fourth in the one-mile run (5:28.00).

Billy Giano improved by nearly five second to finish fourth in the men’s one mile run with a time of 4:27.27. Last time out Giano ran the mile in 4:32.48 at the Razorback Invitational.

Up Next

The Mean Green will travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas to participate in the Tyson Invitational (Feb. 14-15). The NCAA Championships will also be held in Fayetteville June 10-13.




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