ARLINGTON, Tex. (3/27/04) Freshman Ashley Porter tied the school record in the pole vault as the North Texas track and field teams opened up the outdoor season at the UTA Invitational. Porter cleared a height of 10-4 to tie the school record.
"We had some good things happen today for us but it did look like our first meet of the season," said North Texas head coach Rick Watkins. "Overall though I think we got some pretty good times and we had a lot of things go well for us".
On the men's side Chris Mordecai also had a stellar afternoon in the pole vault as he finished in second place at 15-5. In other field events Adrian Awasom, who also plays defensive end for the North Texas football team, had the best toss in the shot put and discus for the Mean Green. Awasom had a toss of 46-7.25 in the shot put and 149-9 in the discus.
Derek Logan led the way for the sprinters as he clocked the fourth best time in the 200-meters at 21.25 to go along with a time of 10.70 in the 100-meters, just .20 of a second off the NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 10.50. In the 3,000 meter steeplechase Logan Newell finished in second with a time of 10:24.60.
For the women the sister tandem from Denton of Rhonda and Roniqua Williams had the best times for North Texas in the 100-meters at 12.10 and 12.15 respectively.
In the 100-meters hurdles Stephanie Allen placed fourth with a time of 14.56 and Ciji Brooks was fifth at 14.64. In the field events for the Mean Green Jessica Henderson had a toss of 145-11 to place fourth and LaKisha Gentry also placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 127-0.
Sophomore distance runner Jessica Schmidt set a new school record at the Stanford Invitational late Friday night with a time of 16:57.13. Schmidt fell seven tenths of a second short of the NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 16:56.43.
North Texas will compete next at the Texas Relays from April 1-3.