AUSTIN, Texas (4/07/06) Indoor All-American Brandi Stanfield kicked off her collegiate outdoor track career with a bang, notching the nation’s third best long jump of 2006 at the Texas Relays.
In what has become a homecoming for the Austin native, Stanfield recorded a leap of 20-feet-10-1/2-inches, the second best in school history. The freshman is now qualified for her first NCAA Midwest Regional meet.
Stanfield’s leap, which won Section B of the long jump, was second only to Miami’s Brenda Faluade of Section A, who landed the nation’s best jump of 2006.
A high school powerhouse, Stanfield was a three-time Texas Class 4A state long jump champion for Connally High School, and has already earned NCAA Indoor All-American honors for her triple jump efforts last month.
The freshman will compete in the triple jump tomorrow against eight athletes that participated in the NCAA Indoor National Championships in March, including the National Champion, Yvette Lewis of Hampton, and four other women that finished ahead of Stanfield.
Stanfield finished 11th at nationals with a leap of 42-feet-2-3/4-inches, but earned all-America status due to her eighth place finish among American athletes. Her jump at the NCAA's was well short of her personal best of 43-feet-5-1/4-inches that she set at the Sun Belt Indoor Championships.
Stanfield wasn’t the only Mean Green newcomer to earn a Regionals birth on Friday. Heather Wood’s shot put throw of 47-feet-1/2-inch is the second best in school history, and earned the Georgia transfer a seventh place finish. This will be the junior’s second trip to Regionals, but her first since arriving at North Texas.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay team was only fractions of a second away from reaching the finals at the nation’s premier meet. The squad finished 14th with a time of 3:10.15, only three-tenths of a second away from the final qualifying slot. The mark was even closer to the Regional qualifying mark, which the relay team missed by fifteen-thousandths of a second.
The Mean Green will be back in action at the final day of the Texas Relays tomorrow. Click here for live results.