SACRAMENTO, Calif. (6/08/06) Indoor all-American Brandi Stanfield will be looking to equal a piece of North Texas history Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.
Stanfield, the first Mean Green triple jumper to ever qualify for nationals, has a chance to match the magical 1981 season of long jumper Donna Thomas.
Thomas, the program’s first female national qualifier, brought home the only outdoor national championship in school history as freshman that year. She would go on to set the school record and earn an indoor title in 1982.
Stanfield, born in 1987, has a realistic chance to bring home her own national championship as a freshman. She owns the nation’s fifth best triple jump of the season, as well as the top three marks in North Texas history. Stanfield was also named the Sun Belt Conference’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year as well as Freshman of the Year for both seasons.
After an eighth place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet earlier this month, Stanfield earned the country’s first at-large bid to the national meet. Despite a nagging foot injury, Stanfield is expected to compete at 100 percent.
The Austin, Texas native begins her championship chase on Friday at 3 p.m. at the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of Sacramento State.
For the first time ever, CBS will carry the live broadcast of the NCAA National Championships on Saturday, June 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CSTV will also air a broadcast of the meet on Friday, June 9 from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.
NCAA National Championship Live Results