DENTON, Texas (4/7/09) After a sensational weekend in Austin at the Texas Relays, both sophomore high jumper Jermaine Jamison and freshman sprinter Keyth Talley were chosen as Sun Belt Conference Performers of the Week Tuesday afternoon.
“This is a great honor for both of them,” North Texas head coach Rick Watkins said. “I’m really happy for Keyth because he has probably deserved this award a couple other times but unfortunately didn’t get it. The best thing about both these guys is that they’re still young and are still learning.”
Talley, a freshman from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, set his second NCAA Regional qualifying mark of the outdoor season with a fourth-place, 10.37 in the 100-meter dash. That time currently stands as the 10th best in the country and leads all Sun Belt sprinters.
Talley was also part of the NCAA Regional qualifying 4X100 team that finished in a time of 40.10, also best in all the Sun Belt, and is ranked 16th nationally.
Jamison, a sophomore out of Killeen, Texas, won the high jump at the Texas Relays with a leap of 6-10.75, tying his season-opener mark set at the Horn Frog Invitational two weeks ago. Jamison followed that mark with a school-record-tying jump of 7-00.50 in the section A” competition. It was the first time in his career that Jamison had cleared seven feet and tied the school-record held by Toby Edwards.
Jamison’s mark of 7-00.50 currently stands as 18th in the nation.
North Texas will travel to Lubbock on Thursday to take part in the Texas Tech Invitational.