NCAA Midwest Regional Live Results
AUSTIN, Texas (5/26/06) North Texas’ Deidra Wesley and Heather Wood capped off an impressive first day of competition at the NCAA Midwest Regional Track and Field meet in Austin.
Wesley nearly punched her ticket to the NCAA National Championships with a seventh place finish in the high jump. The senior, a four-time regional qualifier, put up the second best jump in school history with her mark of 5-feet-9-1/4-inches.
Wesley finishes her illustrious career with four of the top five high jump marks in school history, not to mention seven Sun Belt Conference individual championships.
Just two weeks after shattering the school shot put record and capturing her first Sun Belt Conference crown, Wood had another outstanding performance at the regional meet.
The junior’s toss of 48-1/2-feet ranks third in Mean Green history, and narrowly missed sending the Georgia transfer to the finals. Wood finished tenth overall and now holds seven of the top ten throws in school history, including the top three.
“This was a great way to cap off a remarkable year for Deidra and Heather,” said North Texas associate head coach Carl Sheffield. “Both of them bring a real presence to this team, and we are looking forward to what Heather can do next season.”
For the second straight season, a Mean Green relay team narrowly missed a spot in the regional finals. The men’s 4x100-meter squad of David Schwein, Ryan Roberson, Brandon Irabor and Johnny Quinn notched the third best time in school history, but fell 11-hundredths of a second short of qualifying for the finals.
The Mean Green finished third in its heat behind only Texas and TCU, but notched ninth place overall with a time of 39.92. The top eight teams move on to Saturday’s final.
The women’s 4x100-meter relay team put up its second fastest time of the season, but was unable to break into the finals. Competing in a heat that included TCU, Texas Tech, Texas-El Paso, Baylor and Oklahoma, the Mean Green was in contention till the end with a time of 45.62.
The squad of Chasidy Russell, Rachael Runnels, Keisha Hornsby and Chi Chi Echebelem finished 11th overall, but will return nearly intact for a third straight season in 2007.
Ciji Brooks managed a 15th place finish in the shot put with a throw of 46-feet-4-3/4-inches. The senior also finished 19th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.98.
Sun Belt high jump champion Ryan Hill earned a 13th place finish in the high jump. The junior cleared 5-feet-7-1/4-inches, the third-best performance of her career.
Rachael Runnels, North Texas’ only individual sprints qualifier, came in 19th place with a time of 12.10 in the 100-meter dash.
Action continues tomorrow from Texas’ Mike A. Myers Stadium with indoor all-American Brandi Stanfield attempting to become the first Mean Green triple jumper to advance to the NCAA National Championships. The freshman holds the region’s top mark of 2006, a school record leap of 44-feet-3-1/2-inches at this same track in April.