ARLINGTON (3/29/03) - North Texas sophomore pole vaulter Ryan Lancon reached new heights at the UTA Invitational as he cleared a season and personal best height of 16-2.75, which is the fourth best in school history. Lancon, who has already qualified for the NCAA regional meet, topped his previous personal height of 16-0.25.
The Mean Green also had standout performances from Ben Botello in the javelin as he had the fourth best toss in school history with a throw of 179-6. Jarrod Stone capped the afternoon of strong field performances by North Texas by finishing in second in the high jump at 6-7.50 and placing fourth in the triple jump at 45-1.50.
Hurdler Manny Mallam led the way for the sprinters as he turned in a time of 55.01 in the 400-meter hurdlers and 14.65 in the 110-meter hurdles.
On the women's side North Texas also had a solid day in the field events. Freshman sensation Diedra Wesley, who has already qualified for the NCAA regionals in the high jump, placed second in the event with a height of 5-6. Tiffanie Jordan placed second in the triple jump at 38-11.75 and Jessica Henderson also took home second in the discus at 142-6.
The sprinters were led by seniors Ananka Clark and Cherri Rowe. Clark continues to near the regional qualifying mark in the 100-meter dash as he clocked a time of 11.89, just .09 off the qualifying time. Rowe finished in fourth in the 200-meter dash with a season best time of 24.76. In the distance events Dagmar Salazar continued her push for a regional qualifying time in the 1500 meters as she finished with a time of 4:48.05.
North Texas will now gear up for the Texas Relays in Austin that start April 2 and run through April 5.