Day 3 Results
Lafayette, La. (5/13/07) The Mean Green women finished right where they started on Sunday, taking third place at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships with 93.5 points behind pre-meet favorite Western Kentucky who finished with 143 points. The North Texas men started the day within striking distance also, but could only muster a fifth-place finish with 97 points. Middle Tennessee took the men’s crown with 130 points.
The Mean Green still walked away with three gold medals as Brandi Stanfield, Heath Smith and the women’s 4x400 relay will each head to the regional meet with Sun Belt gold around their necks. Smith captured his second consecutive gold in the javelin by blowing away his mark from a year ago. His school-record toss 64.09 meters was more than enough to take the title away from Norman Austin of Troy.
Stanfield claimed her first career outdoor conference title on Sunday in the triple jump after taking first in the triple jump and long jump in each of the last two SBC Indoor meets. Stanfield, who advanced all the way to the NCAA Championships last season in the triple jump, flew 13.09 meters in her final attempt to get past India George of Florida International.
The 4x400 relay team barely crossed the line ahead of South Alabama and was one of three regional-qualifying times to be posted in the race in a time of 3:40.16. That time guarantees both women’s relays in qualifying for regionals after the 4x100 relay posted its third regional-qualifying time of the season, a run of 45.62 to claim silver on Sunday.
Smith and Stanfield have already qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional meet in Des Moines, Iowa, and will be joined by another pair from the Mean Green. Ryan Varner and Lauren Wiggins each posted times good enough to extend their season, and Wiggins was able to claim her first conference medal in the process.
Toby Edwards pulled off an impressive feat in the high jump as well. The Athens, Tex., sophomore took second with a school-record heighth of 2.15 meters (7'00.5 feet). Edwards is the first Mean Green high jumper to clear seven feet since Stoney Marquis in 1996, and only the fifth all time.
Wiggins took third place in the 100-meter hurdles in a school-record time of 13.68 seconds after posting the second-fastest time in qualifying for the finals. Varner will make an appearance in the 200-meter dash after a blazing 21.08 second run in the finals, just missing out on the medal stand in fourth place.