DENTON ( 5/7/04 ) - North Texas senior Jessica Henderson won the women’s discus for the second straight year at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship presented by TGI Friday’s with an NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 159-10.
Henderson, who now owns the top two throws in school history in the discus, won the event with the second best toss in school history and has qualified for the NCAA regional for a second straight year.
“She really came out today ready to compete and she did,” said North Texas head coach Rick Watkins. “It’s a really nice accomplishment for her to not only win today but also get an NCAA regional mark”.
Junir distance runner Matt Gieringer won the 10,000-meter run with a time 32:15.47. Gieringer pulled away from two-time defending conference champion Enda Grandfield from Western Kentucky with 1,200-meters remaining. Gieringer is the first North Texas runner to win the 10,000-meter run since James McGee in 1993.
North Texas had a second athlete qualify for the NCAA Regional meet as junior Adrian Awasom finished third in the discus with a personal best throw of 170-3. Awasom’s throw was also the fourth best in school history.
In the heptathlon sophomore Deidra Wesley holds the lead after four events with 3,092 points. Wesley had personal best times in each of the four events on the day. Wesley topped the day off in the high jump when she cleared 5-8, tying her season-best height and tying the third best jump in school history.
On the men’s side in the decathlon Nathan Roberts is tied for fifth after the first five events with 3,317 points. Roberts finished in second place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.03.
The North Texas men’s team is in second place after the first day in the team standings with 16 points while the women are in fourth place with 10 points.
The 2004 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship presented by TGI Friday’s resumes tomorrow morning with the Decathlon and Heptathlon at 9:00 a.m.