Norman, OK (05/27/05) Mean Green sprinter Kory Williams won his heat in the 400-meter hurdles preliminaries, advancing the senior to the finals at the NCAA Midwest Regional Meet.
Williams, the Sun Belt Conference 400-hurdles champion, turned in a time of 52.24, earning the fourth slot for Saturday’s final race. The top five times in the finals will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Championships next month in Sacramento, Ca.
Williams owns two of the top three times in school history in the event, both of which were set earlier this season.
The women’s 4x100-meter relay turned in the fifth fastest time in school history, but fell just short of qualifying for the finals. The team of Rachael Runnels, Osaze Aghedo, Chastidy Russell and Chi Chi Echebelem finished with a time of 45.58 and finished ninth. The top eight teams qualified for Saturday’s finals.
The 4x100 team finished second at the conference meet and turned in three of the five fastest times in school history this season.
The men’s 4x100-relay team finished 11th at the regional meet. David Schwein, Derek Logan, Brandon Irabor and Johnny Quinn finished in 40.42, capping off a season that included a first place finish at the Sun Belt Championships.
Mean Green long jumper Rhonda Williams finished in 15th place after a leap of 18-11.75 (5.78-meters).
Ciji Brooks competed in the 100-meter hurdles and finished in 11th place with a time of 13.78. The junior’s time is the second fastest in school history, further illustrating her domination over the event at North Texas. Brooks now holds four of the top five times in Mean Green history.
Brooks will have another chance at the national championships when she competes in the shot put tomorrow. Three-time regional qualifier Deidra Wesley will also be competing tomorrow in the high jump, as well as Bonnie McKernan in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the men’s and women’s 4x400-meter relay teams.