Fort Worth, Texas (3/24/07) The Mean Green track and field team opened up the 2007 outdoor season by capturing a pair of gold medals in the high jump on Saturday at the Horned Frog Invitational.
Seniors Mark Lee and Ryan Hill each took home the high jump crowns and took cracks at the NCAA regional qualifying marks. Lee, the reigning Sun Belt Conference outdoor champion, cleared 2.05 meters on his second jump to take first place over Andrew Duncan III of Texas-Arlington. Hill, the reigning Sun Belt women’s outdoor champion, went head-to-head with unattached jumper Tamika Toppin, and finished in tied for the top spot after each cleared 1.70 meters.
The throwers also had an impressive weekend as well, with Alana Tyler picking up where she left off in the indoor season. The sophomore opened her outdoor campaign by breaking the school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 47.77 meters, an event that was actually held on the North Texas campus on Friday. Tyler’s toss was good enough to pull in a second-place finish and top the old record of 45.47 meters.
Heather Wood took a second-place medal in the shot put, throwing 14.13 meters in the process. She was second only to Candis Kelly of TCU who pulled out a regional-qualifying throw of 14.42 meters.
Lisa Nolting started the outdoor season well by capturing a third-place medal of her own in the long jump with a leap of 5.75 meters. The versatile senior also finished fourth in the 100-meter dash behind three regional-qualifying times.
In the men’s 1500-meter run the Mean Green placed five of its six runners within seven seconds of each other with senior Josh Rogers leading the team. Rogers’ time of 4:00.23 was good enough for third behind runners from TCU and Texas-Arlington.
Other notable performances include Shelly Hollingsworth who tied the school record in the pole vault. She cleared 3.35 meters on her second attempt to finish in fourth place. On the men's side Toby Zelt and Josh Papagno both had solid outings by clearing 4.45 meters. Zelt finished in second place on attempts, while Papagno finished fourth.