FORT WORTH, Texas (3/21/09) Jermaine Jamison, Brock Stickler and Keyth Talley led the way for the North Texas track and field team at the Horned Frog Invitational this weekend as all three posted regional qualifying marks to open the 2009 outdoor season.
Jamison, a sophomore from Killeen, Texas, cleared a height of 6-10.75 to take home the gold. It was a repeat performance from last season when Jamison also won first at the Horned Frog Invite with the exact same mark.
Stickler, who was performing in his first outdoor competition of his career, finished second in the men’s discus throw with a heave of 171-07. The former Mean Green football tight end moved into fourth place all-time with his throw on Friday.
Talley was the last athlete from the men’s side to capture a qualifying mark with a third place finish (21.18) in the 200-meter dash. The freshman from Tuscaloosa, Alabama was the reigning 2009 SBC Indoor Freshman of the Year and he carried that momentum into Saturday’s competition.
In all, the University of North Texas track and field team combined for four first place finishes after capturing four as well in Fort Worth in 2008.
“We had a really good and hard week of practice coming into this meet,” North Texas head coach Rick Watkins said. “Our legs may have been a little dead because we have been working so hard but all in all this was a pretty successful weekend. For Brock, Keyth and Jermaine to come out the first meet and reach those marks is a pretty positive sign.”
The Mean Green women’s track team was responsible for two of the five top finishes and placed 11 overall in the top three. Shayla Hart, a senior from Rowlett, Texas, won the 400-meter dash competition with a time of 56.37. Hart was also joined by Ciara Smith, Brittani Simmons and Chrystal Mitchell to take top honors in the women’s 4X400 relay in a time of 3:43.71.
Alysha Adams also had a solid showing the 100-meter hurdles with a second-place finish (13.94) and Alana Tyler also placed second in the discus throw with a mark of 140-03.
Senior pole vaulter Josh Papagno was the other first-place winner for the men's with a height of 15-07.00.
The North Texas track and field teams will next head to the Arlington Invitational, Saturday, March 28.