Results From TCU Invitational
Ft. Worth, Texas Only one week after Mark Lee became the first Mean Green high jumper to nail the regional-qualifying mark, another pair of North Texas high jumpers leaped their way to Des Moines on Saturday at the TCU Invitational.
Senior Ryan Hill continued her steady walk up the high jump ladder this season as she finished fourth on the afternoon, but more importantly hit cleared a season-best 1.75 meters to guarantee her trip to the NCAA Midwest Regional meet.
Hill will be accompanied by Toby Edwards who will be making his first trip to the regional meet in only his sophomore campaign. The reigning conference indoor champion tied for first on Saturday with a jump of 2.10 meters, his best leap of the outdoor season.
Not to be outdone, Heath Smith became the first multi-event qualifier for the Mean Green as he qualified in the shot put. Smith’s throw of 16.85 meters was good enough to take the gold medal for the day and clear the mark by .05 meters. He had already qualified for the regional meet with his javelin toss at the Arlington Invitational.
The Mean Green also saw a number of other quality performances, including Lisa Nolting who continues to impress in her senior season. Nolting ran 11.48 seconds in the 100-meter dash, which was good enough to take third place. That time was fast enough to beat the regional time of 11.50 seconds, but a stiff wind invalidated the time.
Billy Giano had a good day as he took first place in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:04.92, just edging Ozie Hood of Texas-Arlington. North Texas also got a pair of second-place finishes from Frank Ngeno in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and the women’s 4x100 relay.