COLLEGE STATION, Tex. - The North Texas women's 4x100 relay team set a new school record with a time of 45.40 to move into the finals of the NCAA Midwest Regional. The team of Chastidy Russell, Rhonda Williams, Roniqua Wilson, and Osaze Aghedo broke the school record that had stood since 1983.
The squad now moves into the the nine-team final set for tomorrow night with a chance to become the first North Texas women's relay team in school history to advance to the NCAA Championship. The top five relay teams will advance to the Championship.
"The girls had a fantastic race today and for them to break a record that has been around for so long is quite an accomplishment," said North Texas head coach Rick Watkins. "They have a chance tomorrow to improve and if they can come out and compete like they did today then anything can happen".
In the 100-meter hurdles Ciji Brooks did not advance to the finals as she had a time of 14.61. Senior Jessica Henderson just missed out on advancing to the finals in the discus but fell short.
For the men junior Jarrod Stone had a leap of 24-4.75 in the long jump in the preliminaries but did not advance to the finals. Stone also competed in the high jump but did not clear a height to advance.
The North Texas men and women continue competition at the Midwest Regional tomorrow. Adrian Awasom, Chris Mordecai, and the 4x400 relay team set to compete for the men. On the women's side Brooks will compete in the shot put, Deidra Wesley and Ryan Hill will compete in the high jump, and the 4x100 relay team competes in the finals.