NORMAN, Oklahoma (5/29/09) The University of North Texas track and field team qualified for the finals of the NCAA Midwest Regionals in two events during Friday’s prelims at John Jacobs Field.
The men’s 4X100 relay team along with Alysha Adams (100m hurdles) both moved on to compete in Saturday’s finals.
“This is probably one of the toughest regions in the country to compete in,” North Texas head coach Rick Watkins said. “A lot of our runners had very good times but it’s hard to move up with some of the athletes that were here today.”
The foursome of Keyth Talley, Ryan Varner, Byron Washington and C.J. Fowler tallied a mark of 39.61 to earn a birth in Saturday’s finals. That time was good enough for second best in the prelims and moves them into the top 12 in the country.
Adams, a sophomore sprinter out of Houston, Texas, captured the final qualifying spot with a time of 13.68 in the 100-meter hurdles.
Sophomore high jumper Jermaine Jamison finished 10th with a height of 6-08.75. Watkins still believes there might be a chance on Jamison receiving an at large bid though, depending on tomorrow’s results.
Talley, who was the Sun Belt Rookie of the Year, finished 14th in the prelims of 200-meter dash with a time of 20.96 but was a victim of tough competition.
On the women’s side junior pole-vaulter Christal Brewster placed ninth with a height of 12-06.00. Ciara Smith, who advanced to the NCAA Championships last season, did not qualify for the finals of the 400m dash after her time of 54.61.
North Texas will be back in action tomorrow with the finals of the men’s 4X100 relay, the women’s 100m hurdles, Brock Stickler in the discus and Jordan Wehr in the pole vault.