DENTON, TX - Junior Deidra Wesley and sophomore Ciji Brooks set school records in the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship presented by TGI Friday's, leading the North Texas women’s track and field team to a first-place standing in day two of action at Fouts Field.
The NT women lead the conference with 76 points, while New Mexico State stands in second with 75 points. The Mean Green men’s team stands in fourth place with 27 points after two days of competition. Arkansas State leads the men’s competition with 63 points.
Wesley broke a 10-year-old school record with 4,808 points to take first place in the heptathlon. Nikki Hyles held the previous record of 4,707 points, set on April 23, 1994. Wesley also took first in the high jump with a NCAA Regional Qualifying mark of 5-8. Her jump ties a season best, which she notched at the Michael Johnson Invitational on April 17.
Brooks set a school record in the shot put with a first-place toss of 46-6.25. Latrecia Taylor set the previous record last year with a throw of 46-2.75.
The top five places in the high jump were all taken by North Texas athletes. Senior Jessica Shockley took second (5-6), and freshman Ryan Hill and sophomore Katrina Couch tied for third with jumps of 5-4.25. Chelsea Creech took the fifth spot.
Junior Jarrod Stone led the North Texas men’s team with a third-place finish in the long jump (23-11.50). Senior David Turner placed first in the preliminaries of the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.51.
The Sun Belt Outdoor Track and Field Championship concludes on Sunday, May 9. The first event begins at 10 am.