NT Advances Twelve To Sunday's Finals

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Twelve members of the North Texas track & field team advanced to the finals of their respective events on day two of the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships at the Dean A. Hayes track & soccer complex on Saturday.

Senior Alysha Adams led the way for the Mean Green, qualifying for them 100 and 200-meter dash events, as well as the 100-meter hurdles.

Adams started the afternoon notching the second best qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles as she crossed the line in 13.47 seconds. From there the senior grabbed to second overall qualifying time in both the 100-meter (11.79) and 200-meter (24.23) dash events.

Sara Dietz took first in her 800-meter dash heat and third overall with a time of 2:13.02. Brittani Simmons will also be running on Sunday as she won her 100-meter heat with a time of 11.94 seconds.

The men's side will be sending seven athletes to the finals tomorrow afternoon, most notably in the 200 and 400-meter dash races.

Clinton Collins, Justin Flowers and Darnell Greig all moved on to Sunday's final in the 400-meter dash by being among the top-eight times from the preliminary heats.

Flowers sped past every member of the first heat and captured the second overall time with a 48.07.  Greig would have been far behind him, as he clocked in at 48.08 seconds and took first in the third heat.

Flowers (21.67) and Collins (21.67) finished Saturday night's sprints by also advancing in the 200-meter dash.  The duo qualified fifth and sixth respectively.

Two other men will participate in the running finals Sunday evening after top-five qualifying times.  Sophomore Steven White registered a 53.63 second 400-hurdle time, which was good enough to win his heat and head into Sunday with the second fastest time while senior Reggie Hayter nabbed second in his heat and the fourth fastest preliminary time in the 800 with a 1:53.58.

The Saturday field event finals featured Aaron Sirles jumping up to finish fourth in the shot put with a throw of 15.84 meters, while freshman Eddie Lanier finished sixth in the long jump, clearing 6.96 meters.

The third and final day of the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships will begin at 10 a.m. from the Dean A. Hayes Track & Soccer Complex on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University



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