SACRAMENTO, Calif. (6/09/06) Mean Green all-American Brandi Stanfield’s stellar freshman campaign came to an end after only one successful jump at the NCAA National Track & Field Championships on Friday.
Nursing a painful foot injury, the triple jumper fouled on her first two tries, but managed a leap of 39-feet-11-1/2-inches on her third attempt. Over four feet short of her season best, Stanfield took 28th place and failed to advance to the finals.
Stanfield was the first North Texas triple jumper to represent the Mean Green at the national championships. In doing so she joins some elite company, becoming the first North Texas field athlete to compete at nationals since long jumper Sherry Anderson in 1988, and the first freshman since Donna Thomas in 1981.
Sprinter Ananka Clark was the last North Texas woman to compete at the NCAA’s, failing to advance in the 100-meter dash in 2003.
Stanfield’s resume already includes the top three marks in school history, as well as the Sun Belt indoor triple jump title. She was named the conference’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year as well as the Freshman of the Year in both seasons.
She earned indoor all-America honors after an 11th place finish at the national championships in March.
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