DENTON, TX - The North Texas women’s track and field team placed second and the men finished fourth in the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Sunday at Fouts Field.
The NT women finished in second place with 143 points behind New Mexico State who won the championship with 175 points. The Mean Green’s 143 points was the second-highest point total in school history. Last year’s championship team holds the school record with 179.66 points.
On the men’s side, Western Kentucky won the title with 147 points. Arkansas State came in second with 133.50, Middle Tennessee was third with 123 points and North Texas was fourth with 108 points.
The North Texas men’s team moved into fourth place after placing first in the 4x400 meter relay, the final event of the weekend. Junior Andre Douglas overcame Middle Tennessee State’s Sean Waller in the final leg of the relay to take first place along with David Turner, Derek Logan and Arthur Cox.
On the women’s side, sophomore Ciji Brooks captured her second Sun Belt Conference title by winning the 100-meter hurdles with a NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 13.91, the second-fastest time in school history. The 4x100 relay team, comprised of Chastidy Russell, Rhonda Williams, Ronniqua Wilson and Osaze Aghedo also took a first, finishing with a time of 45.89.
Aghedo took fourth in the 100-meter dash with a NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 11.70.
The NT women also had three third-place performances. Senior Erika Washington finished third in the 800-meter run, senior Stephanie Allen took third in the 400-meter hurdles and junior Tiffanie Jordan captured the third spot in the triple jump.
The women’s 4x400 meter relay team helped close the night with a second-place finish. The Mean Green’s relay team was comprised of Rhonda Williams, Kim Williams, Washington and Russell.
Senior Chris Mordecai was also a top finisher for North Texas, taking first place in the pole vault, clearing a height of 15-11.00, qualifying him for NCAA Regionals. Junior Jarrod Stone placed third in the high jump, posting a NCAA Regional Qualifying mark with a jump of 6-10.75. His jump tied a season best.
Junior Justin Kauffman took a third (1:54.38) in the 800-meter run and a fourth-place finish (4:02.53) in the 1,500 meter race. Also in the distance events, freshman Josh Rogers took a second (15:34.01) in the 5,000-meter race.
Senior Kory Williams took a second in the 400-meter hurdles, while Douglas and Turner took the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively, in the 400-meter dash.