Marshevet Hooker tabbed Most Outstanding Performer on final day of 2005 78th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
April 9, 2005
AUSTIN, Texas -- Sprints and relays are always the main feature on the final day of the Texas Relays and a sunny day with brisk winds delivered some very fast times to a packed, boisterous crowd of 22,500 in Mike A. Myers Stadium on Saturday.
Marshevet Hooker was named Most Outstanding female athlete at the meet and the Longhorn women were tabbed the Most Outstanding team.
Hooker, a UT sophomore, won the long jump earlier in the meet and placed second in today's 100-meter dash with a time of 11.03. She also anchored Texas to sparkling wins in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 with clockings of 43.25 and 1:31.97. The sprint relay win was the fastest time recorded so far this season.
Texas women also won the 4 x 400 in 3:31.29 with Jerrika Chapple providing the fastest Longhorn split at 52.2. A 100-meter hurdle victory by Ashlee Williams in a world-leading 12.83 seconds doubled nicely with the 400 hurdles win by Melaine Walker in 55.37. Carlee Clark had the other UT victory during the Texas Relays, winning the 1500 B section in 4:35.06.
Plano's Scott MacPherson was chosen as the Most Outstanding male athlete after he claimed a pair of distance wins. MacPherson won the 1,600 in 4:18.35 after winning the 3,200 on Friday in 9:02.19.
Winning the 4 x 200 and setting a national best time helped establish the Cinco Ranch boys as the Most Outstanding high school team. In addition, the Cougars had a pair of individual winners in Scott Sellers and Trevor Gerland.
Cinco Ranch lowered their national-leading time in the 4 x 200 during the prelims on Friday with a 1:24.97 and then held off Beaumont Ozen (1:25.79) in the final with a 1:25.14. Gerland and Sellers ran the second and third leg of the relay during the finals after Andrew Usoro ran the opening leg while Quieto Teasley handled the anchor.
Sellers won his third Texas Relays title in the high jump, clearing 7-5 to set a meet and stadium record. Gerland charged through the 110-meter hurdles for a winning time of 13.80.
International stars highlighted the Invitational division. Former Longhorn Sanya Richards anchored the USA Red team to a winning mark of 3:28.53 in the 4 x 400 with a 50.2 split. Another Longhorn, Raasin McIntosh, ran the second leg in 51.9 seconds.
Athens Olympic 400 gold-medalist Jeremy Wariner anchored the USA Red men's 4 x 400 team with a 45.3 split and a winning time of 3:01.91. The relay unit also included Andrew Rock (45.7), Derrick Brew (45.6) and Bershawn Jackson (45.4).
Meanwhile, former world record holder and Olympic champion Maurice Greene anchored club team HSI to relay victories in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200. They posted wins of 38.48 and 1:21.49. Other members of both relays included John Capel, Leonard Scott, and Kaaron Conwright. Offering a strong challenge in the sprint relay was a USA Red crew, consisting of Allen Johnson, Terrence Trammell, Darvis Patton and J.J. Johnson, which posted a 38.68.
Very close finishes featured LSU taking the men's University 4 x 100, 38.94 to 38.96, over Arizona State. The Sun Devils also came up short in the 4 x 400, 3:02.47 to 3:02.77, against Florida.
Very little separated Dallas Carter (41.28) and DeSoto (41.31) in the high school boy's 4 x 100, while the boy's 4 x 400 came down to a thrilling finish with Fort Bend Marshall finishing just ahead of Ozen, 3:14.78 to 3:14.81.
Windy sprint and hurdle times resulted in some of the fastest times so far this season under any conditions.
Former Longhorn Nicole Denby ran the 100 hurdles in 12.66. Oklahoma's DaBryan Blanton posted a 10.07 in the first section of the Invitational 100, only to see Florida State frosh Walter Dix record a 9.96 in the second section.
Steve Mullings of Mississippi State won the University 100 in 10.06 while Kansas City's Mark Jelks claimed the College 100 in 10.01.
Hooker was runner-up to Texas Southern's Tremidia Brice in the 100, 11.00 to 11.03. Brice was the NCAA Indoor 200 champion. LSU frosh Ashley Owens was third in 11.08 while freshman teammate Kelly Ann Baptiste won the Invitational race in 11.04.