SBC Outdoor Championships Underway At Fouts Field
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After not tallying any points during the first few events of the first day, Western Ketucky went 1-2 in the women's 10K to wrap things up at Fouts Field. Visit MeanGreenSports.com tomorrow for more Sun Belt Conference track and field action.
Around and around they go. Okay, I just ran down the stairs to post the results and then ran back up to the press box and I'm out of breathe. How they make it look so easy I'll never know.
The top two finishers in the 10,000-meter run just crossed the finish line. For a race that lasted over 30 minutes to come down to a 100-meter sprint to the finish, was quite a thing to watch. They run for for a half-an-hour and first place is decided by less than three seconds. Amazing. The women are getting ready to take their shot at the 25-lap race.
They keep going and going and going. We're nearly 18 minutes into our men's 10,000-meter run. The North Texas fans (or track athletes) just got a "NORTH!"-"TEXAS!" chant started. Joey Manning is putting in a gutsy effort for North Texas considering this is the only time this outdoor season that he's run in this event.
Now it becomes a waiting game. The men's 10,000-meter run will begin in about 45 minutes. Then it will take another 45 minutes for it finish. The women will follow with a 10K of their own at 9:45 p.m. ULM's Jessica Baldino has the fastest time in the Sun Belt this season in the 10K with a mark of 39:18.47. North Texas will have no women running in this event, while Joey Manning will run for the Mean Green men.
With just one event left on the first day of the SBC Track & Field Championships, the North Texas women are currently tied for second place overall with 18 points. Troy leads the Mean Green and Arkansas State by one point.
Nearly an hour-and-a-half after it started, the women's pole vault is complete. Shelley Hollingsworth was one of three vaulters left at the regional qualifying height of 12-07.50, but was none of the three were able to clear the height. Hollingsworth, who broke a North Texas school record at 12-02.50, finished second due to the amount of misses recorded at the previous height. Christal Brewster also picked up some important points for the Mean Green women with a fifth place finish.
Finals are complete in the men's discus. Brock Stickler picked up five valuable points for the Mean Green men with a fourth place finish in the discus. Stickler is one of three North Texas football players vvithin the last few years to throw discus for the Mean Green track team. Ron Paris and Adrian Awasom both threw for North Texas several years back. Tidbit of the day: Stickler didn't necessarily BUST onto the scene in the discus. Stickler was one of the top five throwers in the country during his senior season at Lampasas High School.
The women's pole vault is just getting underway. Stayed tuned to the MeanGreenSports.com blog for more updates. Be sure to check out the free webcast of today's events.
We've had a Brock Stickler sighting. Stickler, a receiver for the Mean Green football team, has been throwing for the North Texas track and field squad for the last few weeks. Stickler is a lock to make the finals of the discus throw after finishing first in his flight with a toss of 161-01. It is the third-best throw so far with one more flight yet to throw. Stickler even garnered a, "Who is this guy? I've never seen him before in my life," comment from one of his fellow competitors. Looks like the Mean Green found a ringer!
Update on the women's discus. Alana Tyler improved on her mark in the finals with a toss of 146-10 to place fifth overall. Shepherd earned eighth place. North Texas joined Troy as the only school to have at least two throwers in the top eight.
Things are moving along slowly but surely during the first day of the SBC Track Championships. The women's discus is finishing up, with the men to follow. The finals of the women's pole vault will take place at the south end of Fouts Field beginning at 6 p.m. The men's and women's 10K run will wrap up the first day of the SBC Championships beginning tonight at 9 p.m. Continue to check back to MeanGreenSports.com's live blog from the SBC Outdoor Championships for more updates and information.
Shauna Shepherd and Alana Tyler will represent the Mean Green in the finals of the women's discus. Tyler ranks second among nine finalists, while Shepherd is sixth. Tyler, a junior from Dallas, recorded a person-best throw of 143-07; the fourth furthest in school history.
Andrew Turner finished the first day of the decathlon in grand fashion. Turner, who resembled a Roman soldier dashing into battle, won the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.23. Turner moved into the third after day one with the victory in the 200 dash.
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North Texas finishes 1-2 as Alysha Adams and Kelli Johnson take home top honors in the 200-meter dash. Johnson's mark of 25.23 is her fastest of the season. The first place finish by Adams brings her to within striking distance of the heptathlon title heading into Saturday's final three events. Troy's Juzil Rudolph leads Adams by just 38 points. Adams will look to make up ground tomorrow with the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run.
After competing in the shot put and high jump, the heptathlon athletes are back on the track ready to run the 200-meter dash.
Just a reminder to all North Texas fans that admission to all of Friday's events are free. The North Texas ticket office will open for the running events on Saturday and Sunday starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth on Saturday and $9 for adults and $6 for youth on Sunday.
The women's heptathlon just wrapped up its first event. Alysha Adams takes a quick lead as the freshman from Houston takes the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.96. This is Adams' first meet to compete in the heptathlon for the Mean Green.
The Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships is underway at Fouts Field. The three-day championships began this morning with the first event of the decathlon; the 100-meter dash. Andrew Turner, Jordan Wehr and Josh Papagno are all competing for North Texas. Papagno finished in fifth place in the first event, while Turner and Papagno finished seventh and eighth respectively.