AUSTIN, Texas (4/08/06) Only three collegiate triple jumpers in the nation have bested North Texas All-American Brandi Stanfield’s top mark this outdoor season. The only problem is that each of them did it Saturday at the Texas Relays.
Stanfield, who finished fourth, recorded a school-record-shattering jump of 44-feet-3-1/2-inches that now ranks as the fourth best jump in the country behind each of the three competitors that finished ahead of her. As a matter of fact, the top seven triple jumps of 2006 took place at the Texas Relays on Saturday.
The freshman, who was competing in her first collegiate outdoor meet, broke the previous school record set by Dionte Campbell in 2000 by 2-feet-6-1/2-inches.
Stanfield now holds the indoor and outdoor triple jump school records, and is qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional meet in two events. Yesterday, the Austin native qualified in the long jump by recording the nation’s third best long jump.
The women’s 4x200-meter relay team also managed a school record. The squad of Chi Chi Echebelem, Keisha Hornsby, Rachel Runnels and Chastidy Russell finished sixth with a time of 1:36.00, breaking the record set at last year’s Texas Relays.
Mark Lee had a standout day for the Mean Green. The junior finished fifth in the high jump with a leap of 6-feet-8-3/4-inches. Lee qualified for the regional meet earlier this season.
The Mean Green now returns home for the North Texas Classic on Saturday, April 15 at Fouts Field in Denton, Texas.