DENTON (6/3/03) - For the first time in 15 years a North Texas female athlete has advanced to the NCAA Track and Field Championship. Senior sprinter Ananka Clark received an at-large bid in the 100-meter dash to the championship and becomes the first female since Sherry Anderson in 1988 to accomplish the feat.
"I'm really happy for her. She's had a great year and she is very deserving of this and this is a great way for her to end her career here," said North Texas head coach Rick Watkins. "She has really worked hard all season long and made herself into one of the top sprinters in the nation".
With the invitation Clark becomes the first North Texas female sprinter to ever advance to the NCAA Championship. Clark set a school record this past weekend at the NCAA Midwest Regional in the 100-meters at 11.48. Clark is the first athlete to advance to the championship for North Texas since D.T. Woodson did in the 2001 season in the 100-meter dash.
The 2003 NCAA Championship will be held June 11-14 in Sacramento, Calif. at Hornet Stadium. The preliminaries and semifinals for the women's 100 meter dash will be run on June 11 and the finals are scheduled for June 13.