WACO, Texas (4/01/06) For the second straight year, the North Texas track and field team managed to turn some heads at the Arlington Invitational.
Led by Rachael Runnels and Mark Lee, the Mean Green once again put up a pair of nationally-ranked marks at Maverick Stadium in Arlington.
Runnels scorched her way to the nation’s tenth best mark in the 100-meter dash. The sophomore’s time of 11.64 is the second fastest in school history and provisionally qualifies her for a second trip to the NCAA Midwest Regional.
Lee also nabbed a provisionally qualifying mark with his high jump leap of 6-feet-10-3/4-inches. The junior just met the qualifying mark and will represent the Mean Green for the second straight year as well.
Last season’s Arlington Invitational helped put North Texas Track and Field on the map as Kory Williams and the men’s 4x100-meter relay team put up two of the nation’s best times. Williams ran the nation’s third fastest 400-meter hurdles time, while the relay squad qualified for regionals with the 16th fastest time in the country.
Another pair of North Texas athletes narrowly missed regional qualifying marks on Saturday. Heather Wood, with her fourth place finish in the shot put, missed qualifying by less than two-tenths of a meter. The junior’s toss of 46-feet-3-1/2-inches is the third best in school history.
David Schwein was even closer, missing a trip to the regional meet by five-hundredths of a second. The sophomore also finished fourth, running a 21.24 in the 200-meter dash.
The women’s 4x400-meter relay team brought home the team’s lone gold medal. The team of Chi Chi Echebelem, Racquel Hudson, Chastidy Russell and Shayla Hart finished with a time of 3:46.85.
The Mean Green returns to action on April 5 at the Texas Relays in Austin.