Day One Results
JONEBORO, Arkansas (2/28/09) The North Texas track and field team set one school record on the first day of the Sun Belt Conference Championships Saturday in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
The Mean Green men head into the final day in eighth place, while the North Texas women’s track team sits fifth; 26.5 points behind front-runners Arkansas State. It must be noted that the points as of now are only through a handful of events and with a majority of North Texas’ events coming tomorrow.
Much like he’s done all season, freshman Keyth Talley stole the show for the Mean Green men. Talley, a freshman from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, ran the 200-meter dash in a time of 21.48 to earn the top time during Saturday’s prelims and also accomplished an NCAA Provisional time. Talley’s previous best time in the 200-meter dash this season was 21.81 at the Texas Tech Invitational. He also set an NCAA Provisional mark in the 60-meter dash this season with a time of 6.74.
Christal Brewster recorded a school record for the Mean Green during the first day of the championships. Brewster, a junior from Graham, Texas, took second place in the pole vault clearing 12-05.50; topping the previous school record she set earlier this season in Lubbock (11-09.75).
A total of 14 Mean Green men and women qualified for the finals of the sprints events to be held Sunday. Senior Lauren Wiggins, who had been limited all season due to injury, had the top time in the 55-meter hurdles (7.96) and also qualified in the 55-meter dash with the seventh best time (7.27). Sophomore Brittani Simmons will join Wiggins tomorrow in the finals of the 55-meter dash after her finish of 7.24.
Junior Ciara Smith also had a solid showing in the 400-meter dash by finishing with the third fastest time (55.69) to qualify for Sunday’s final. She will be joined by seniors Chrystal Mitchell (57.14) and Shayla Hart (57.64).
Along with Talley, junior Byron Washington had a season-best time in the 55-meter prelims of 6.46 and will participate in tomorrow final. The Mean Green will also advance Darnell Greig (49.23), Montrell Pyron (49.65), and Ryan Varner (49.70) to the finals of the 400-meter dash after all three qualified on Saturday.
The men also got a second and third place performance from Jordan Wehr (2726) and Andrew Turner (2725) in heptathlon respectively.
The second and final day will get underway Sunday morning at 9 a.m. with the finals of the men’s weight throw. You can follow all the action from the 2009 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship via live stats at www.sunbeltsports.org.