Records Fall During First Day Of SBC Indoor Championships



MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (2/23/08) The North Texas track and field team set a combined 10 season bests, including three school records during the first day of the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday in Murfreesboro, Tenn.


The Mean Green men head into the final day in sixth place, while the North Texas women’s track team sits fifth; 31 points behind front-runner Western Kentucky.  


“This is pretty much where I expected to be after the first day,” head coach Rick Watkins said. “Most of our scoring events aren’t until tomorrow.”


Much like she’s done all season, Lauren Wiggins stole the show for the Mean Green women. Wiggins, a junior from Carrollton, Texas, again broke the school record in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.72 to earn the top time during Saturday’s prelims. The mark of 7.72 also ties the Sun Belt Conference record set by Florida Atlantic’s Yanique Booth earlier this season. It was the sixth time this season that Wiggins has either broken the 55 or 60-meter hurdles record  


Just an hour prior to setting her own school record in the hurdles, Wiggins bested a three-year old record in the 55-meter dash. Wiggins took the sixth qualifying spot in the dash with a mark of 7.01; four-tenths faster than the previous school record set by Osaze Aghedo in 2005.


Shelley Hollingsworth recorded the third school record for the Mean Green during the first day of the championships. Hollingsworth, a sophomore from Whitney, Texas, took home first place in the pole vault clearing 11-09.75; four inches better than the previous record she set last season as a freshman. Christal Brewster also tallied a season’s best of 11-01.75 to place third for North Texas and pick up a valuable six points towards the team title.


A total of 12 Mean Green women qualified for the finals of the sprint events to be held Sunday. Five of the 12 qualifiers in the 55-meter dash are from North Texas. The Mean Green has at least two runners in all the finals of the sprints scheduled for tomorrow.


On the men’s side, a bulk of the first day points came from the high jump. Toby Edwards and freshman Layne Farmer took third and fourth for the Mean Green respectively. Edwards, the 2007 outdoor conference champion, successfully cleared 6-08.25 on his third attempt to take home the bronze.


Byron Washington posted a season’s best 6.38 in the 55-meter dash for the Mean Green to earn the third fastest time heading into tomorrow’s finals. Brandon Irabor and Reggie McCarther also qualified for the finals in the 55-meter dash.


“This is not an easy track conference to win. Competition wise, it’s very comparable to any big conference,” Watkins said. “But if we can win some events tomorrow like we’re anticipating, then we should be in good shape.”


The second and final day will get under way Sunday morning at 8 a.m. with the completion of the men's heptathlon. You can catch all the action from the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship live from the Murphy Center. This is an SBC Extra exclusive that will be free for anyone to watch. Just fill out the required REGISTRATION INFORMATION and get ready for the championships streamed live to your computer.



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