NORMAN, Oklahoma (4/25/09) The North Texas track and field team broke three school records and set seven more NCAA Regional qualifying marks Saturday afternoon at the Sooner Invitational in Norman, Oklahoma.
Senior thrower and former wide receiver Brock Stickler broke the school record in the discus, formerly held by James Barfield for 20 years, with a heave of 178-03 to finish third. Barfield had previously set the record in 1979 with a distance of 177-10. With the throw Stickler set his third NCAA Regional qualifying mark of the season.
The other two records came on the women’s side with senior hurdler Lauren Wiggins breaking her own mark in the 100-meter hurdles in an NCAA Regional qualifying time of 13.50, good enough for second place. She was joined by junior pole vaulter Christal Brewster, who set the school record in the pole vault with a height of 12-04.00.
Sophomore sprinter Brittani Simmons had the lone first place individual finish with her NCAA Regional qualifying run of 23.92 in the 200-meter dash, a season best. The women also won the 4X100 relay with a season best time of 45.83, just barely missing out setting the qualifying time they had yet to accomplish this season.
Freshman sprinter Keyth Talley had his best performance of the season in the 200-meter dash by finishing second in a time of 20.86. He was also part of the men’s 4X100 relay team that finished second with a finish of 40.55.
The Mean Green still have one more track meet remaining before the Sun Belt Conference Championships. They will host the Mean Green Twilight on Thursday, April 30.