Scott, Wesley Stand Atop Early Heptathlon Standings

DENTON (5/9/03) -- North Texas senior Rhatisha Scott and freshman Deidre Wesley stood 1-2 in the standings of the women's heptathlon after the first four events of the competition were completed Friday during the opening day of the 2003 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Fouts Field.

The first five events of the men's decathlon were also concluded on Friday, with the Mean Green's Ben Botello standing in third place. North Texas's Lupe Florez was in seventh place in the men's division while the Lady Eagles' Britt Yoder was seventh in the women's division.

Scott won the 100-meters hurdles and shot put events while taking second in the high jump to finish Friday's competition with 2,984 points. Wesley, meanwhile, won the 200-meter dash to move into second place with 2,952 points.

Botello's best finish in the five men's event was a victory in the 400-meter run. Botello ended with 3,653 points to trail leader Ben Rogers of Louisiana-Lafayette (3,741) and Terry LoFrese of Arkansas State (3,667).

Beginning Saturday at 9:00 a.m., the final five events of the men's decathlon (100-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run) will begin followed at 9:30 a.m. with the remaining three events (long jump, javelin and 800-meter run) of the women's heptathlon.

Also on Saturday beginning at noon will be the start of men's and women's field events and at 6:00 p.m. the running preliminaries.




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