Results from Sooner Invitational
Norman, Okla. In the final tune-up before the Sun Belt Conference championships, the Mean Green had another solid showing at the Sooner Invitational on Saturday, going past another regional-qualifying mark.
The Mean Green women’s 4x100-meter relay team bested its regional-qualifying time on Saturday, clocking in at 45.24 seconds. The team had pieced together a time of 45.67 seconds in late March at the Arlington Invitational.
North Texas also finished 1-2 in the women’s 100-meter dash as Lisa Nolting continued to fire shots at the regional mark, taking first in a time of 11.85 seconds into a slight headwind. Keisha Hornsby was not too far behind, taking second in 12.04 seconds.
The Mean Green also took five of the top seven spots in the 200-meter dash, led by Nolting’s 24.95 second sprint. Chrystal Mitchell, Fernanda Mackenna, and Hornsby were right on her heels taking the next three spots.
Coach Rick Watkins’ team also saw another pair of narrow regional misses, one in the women’s 400-meter run and the other in the men’s 200 meters.
Junior Chi Chi Echebelem stepped on the track and took aim at the mark of 54.61 seconds, coming up just short with a first-place time of 54.95 seconds. The other near miss came from Texas Tech transfer Ryan Varner, who has come close to qualifying for the meet to be held in Des Moines. Varner’s latest attempt of 21.61 was good for second place in his heat as he was fighting a slight headwind of his own.
The Mean Green is also getting a pleasant surprise from a freshman pole vaulter, as Christal Brewster cleared 3.50 meters for the second consecutive week. The Graham, Texas, freshman became the first Mean Green woman to clear that mark last week when he set the school record in the event.
North Texas will be off next week before heading to Lafayette, La., to compete at the Sun Belt Conference championships May 11-13.