Jamison, Stanfield Regionally Qualify At Outdoor Opener



FORT WORTH, Texas (3/22/08) Jermaine Jamison and Brandi Stanfield led the way for the North Texas track and field team at the Horned Frog Invitational Saturday as both posted regional qualifying marks to open the 2008 outdoor season.


Jamison, a freshman from Killeen, Texas, cleared a personal best height of 6-10.75 on his third and final attempt to take home the gold and tally his first ever collegiate first place finish.


Stanfield was the top collegiate finisher in the triple jump with a leap of 40-11.00, clearing the regional qualifying mark by a half-foot. Stanfield has now qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional in the triple jump all three years that she has been at North Texas


In all, the University of North Texas track and field team combined for four first place finishes at the annual invitational.


“With this being our first meet in a month, we were a little rusty, but that’s to be expected,” said head track and field coach Rick Watkins. “We did have individuals step up and post some high marks so overall, I was pleased with our performance.”


The Mean Green women’s track team were responsible for three of the four top finishes. Racquel Hudson, a senior from Grand Prairie, Texas, posted a personal best time of 1:03.14 to take home first in the 400-meter hurdles. Ciara Smith led all competitors in the 200-meter dash with a mark of 24.24.


The 4X400 relay team of Smith, Chrystal Mitchell, Shayla Hart and Chi Chi Echebelem edged out host TCU to tally the Mean Green’s third top finish of the day. Toby Edwards tallied a mark of 6-08.75 to help the North Texas men earn a 1-2 finish in the high jump.


Several North Texas athletes also competed at the Angelo State Spring Break Multis Thursday and Friday. Alysha Adams placed fifth overall in the heptathlon, with first place finishes in both the 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash. Adams, a freshman from Houston, Texas, finished with a seven-event total of 4176.


Mean Green junior Andrew Turner led the North Texas men at the ASU Multis with a fifth place overall with a total score of 6214. Josh Papagno and Jordan Wehr finished seventh and eighth respectively.


The North Texas track and field team will next head to the Abilene Christian Tri-Meet, Friday, March 28.



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