Magical Run Comes To An End For Relay Team, Wehr


FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas (6/10/09) The pursuit of reaching the finals at the NCAA Championship came to an end for both the North Texas men’s 4X100 relay team and pole vaulter Jordan Wehr Wednesday evening at the 2009 NCAA Championship.

“It’s disappointing in the since that I really thought we could make the finals and the kids competed hard and performed at their best and still missed out,” North Texas head coach Rick Watkins said.

Wehr was one attempt away from competing in the finals, finishing in a tie for 15th with a final jump of 17-02.75. The junior from Austin, Texas broke the school record last month at the SBC Championship with a mark of 17-06.50.

The men’s 4X100 relay team came up just short of qualifying for the finals, finishing third in their respective heat and 11th overall with a season-best time of 39.59. The foursome of Keyth Talley, Ryan Varner, Byron Washington and C.J. Fowler finished nine-hundredths of a second off the school-record set by the 1999 relay team.  

“This has to be the first time in my coaching career where teams had to run as low as times as they did just to get into the finals,” Watkins said. “There were four teams alone that ran under 39 seconds and that’s just unheard of.”

Auburn was the eighth and final relay team to qualify for the finals with a finish of 39.31.

This season marked the second in a row that North Texas had at least two representatives at the NCAA Championships.



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