MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (2/25/06) Both the Mean Green men and women sit in second place heading into the final day of competition at the Sun Belt Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The women’s team is neck-and-neck with South Alabama in a two-horse race. The lady Mean Green trails the Jaguars by only half a point, 53.5-53. The men trail host Middle Tennessee by four points, 39-35.
Deidra Wesley continued to be a record breaking machine for the Mean Green. The defending conference champion snapped the high jump record for the second time this month while finishing second in the pentathlon. Wesley’s leap of 5-feet-9-inches helped the senior put up 3,539 pentathlon points, just shy of her school record in that event.
Freshman jumper Brandi Stanfield dazzled once again with an NCAA provisional qualifying leap in the long jump. In one of the deepest fields of the season, Stanfield finished third with a jump of 20-feet-2-inches, the 31st best in the nation in 2006. Stanfield, along with two other jumpers, broke the Sun Belt Conference record.
Stanfield will compete in the triple jump tomorrow where she will look to improve on her top mark in that event. The freshman currently owns the country’s 14th best triple jump and stands to be the first North Texas athlete to compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Both the men and women saw record performances in the 200-meter dash. Chi Chi Echebelem took third in the women’s preliminaries with a school record time of 24.41. Brandon Irabor took third as well, managing to tie the school record with a time of 21.69. The sophomores will both compete for the conference titles on Sunday.
The Mean Green shot putters did their parts as well, taking the top two spots at the season’s biggest meet. Newcomer Heather Wood, a junior, brought home gold with the team’s top throw of the season, a toss of 46-feet-2-inches. Senior Ciji Brooks took second with a throw of 44-feet-11-inches.
The Mean Green nearly saw its oldest record bite the dust as Temitayo Harriman recorded the top preliminary time in the 800 meters. The sophomore’s time of 1:53.87 was only six-tenths of a second away from Don Everett’s mark set in 1974.
Mark Lee came away victorious in the high jump. The junior took the Sun Belt crown with a jump of 6-feet-9-inches.
The Mean Green women will look to repeat as Sun Belt Indoor Champions in tomorrow’s finale.