DENTON, Texas (5/9/08) The University of North Texas track and field team ended day one of the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in prime position to make a run at a conference title heading into this weekend’s main events on Saturday and Sunday.
The North Texas women’s team currently sits tied for third with 18 points. With just two events scored on the men’s side, the Mean Green men are in sixth place.
"It was a tremendous first day for us," said head track and field coach Rick Watkins. "We had several kids step up and post some top marks to help us pick up valuable points. It was a very successful first day."
Shelley Hollingsworth was the highlight of day one for the Mean Green. Hollingsworth, a sophomore from Whitney, Texas, broke the school record in the pole vault, clearing 12-01.50 on her second attempt. Hollingsworth earned all-conference honors for the second time this season. She won the pole vault earlier in the year at the SBC Indoor Championships.
Fellow pole vaulters Christal Brewster and Kelli Delka also picked up valuable points for the Mean Green, finishing fifth and eighth respectively.
Alana Tyler finished fifth in the discus with a toss of 146-10; more than ten feet better than her previous season-best. The mark is also second-best in North Texas history. Shauna Shepherd also made it to the finals of the discus, placing eighth overall with a mark of 132-08.
Freshman Alysha Adams continues to show that she enjoys competing at conference championships. Adams, who was named 2008 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year during the SBC Indoor Championships, currently sits in second place in the heptathlon with a total of 3,020 points; 38 points by Troy’s Juzil Rudolph. Adams won both the 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash events of the heptathlon.
On the men’s side, Brock Stickler led the way for North Texas. Stickler, competing in only his third meet of the season, finished just outside of the medal stand. Stickler’s toss of 161-01 earned him a fourth place finish.
Andrew Turner is also in hunt in the men’s decathlon. Turner won the 400-meter dash in the first day’s fifth and final event to move into third place heading into tomorrow. Josh Papagno is also in the running, finishing fifth overall after the first day.
Action will begin tomorrow at Fouts Field at 9 a.m. with the conclusion of the heptathlon and decathlon.