AUSTIN, Texas (4/3/09) Freshman sensation Keyth Talley continued to add to his already impressive resume by setting an NCAA Regional Qualifying Mark in the 100-meter dash Friday afternoon at the 82nd annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
The Tuscaloosa, Alabama native qualified for the finals on Saturday by finishing fifth in the prelims in a time of 10.45. What made Talley’s time all the more impressive was that it was his first collegiate 100-meter race of his career.
Talley also became the first runner from North Texas to reach the finals at the Texas Relays since Mean Green-great Rudy Levarity accomplished the feat in the early 1980’s. Talley set an NCAA Regional Qualifying Mark in the 200-meter dash in Arlington two weeks ago.
“Keyth came out today and was very impressive,” North Texas head coach Rick Watkins said. “It’s not a shock to him (Keyth) though because that’s where he expects to be. That’s what makes him so good.”
The men’s 4X100 and women’s 4X400 relay teams also led the way for the Mean Green. The men’s quartet of Justin Flowers, Ryan Varner, Talley and C.J. Fowler clocked in with a time of 40.40 in the 4X100 relay to place fourth in its heat and 9th overall while also claiming an NCAA Regional Qualifying Mark.
Shayla Hart, Ciara Smith, Alysha Adams and Chrystal Mitchell set another NCAA Regional Qualifying Mark by finishing in a time of 3:41.47 and will take part in the invitational section tomorrow.
Adams and Lauren Wiggins represented the Mean Green in the 100-meter hurdles. Wiggins came up just short of setting a qualifying mark with her time of 13.93 and a 15th place finish. Adams placed 27th with a time of 14.39. Sophomore Brittani Simmons ran in the 100-meter dash and placed 21st with an 11.80 finish.
North Texas high jumpers Toby Edwards and Jermaine Jamison will get things under way for the Mean Green tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the fourth and final day of the Texas Relays.