Jimenez leads Women's Track and Field at Big 12-SEC-Pac-10 Challenge
Jan. 30, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The University of Texas Women's Track and Field team picked up four NCAA provisional marks Saturday at the Big 12-SEC-Pac-10 Challenge hosted by Texas A&M at Gilliam Indoor Stadium.
Redshirt Junior Betzy Jimenez led the Horns with her personal-best and provisional qualifying time of 9:18.03 in the 3,000m. Jimenez finished second after taking over half a minute off of her previous personal best (9:49.45). Sophomore Mia Behm also PR'd in the event, crossing the line in 9:39.53 for ninth. Jimenez' time places her sixth in the nation, based on times heading into the weekend's meets.
Senior Jordyn Brown also earned another provisional mark with her season-best throw of 53-2.25 (16.21m) in the shot put. Brown threw the mark on her fifth and final toss and finished second only to the national leader in the event. The senior also finished second in the weight throw with a toss of 58-1.75 (17.72m).
The Longhorns' 4x400m relay picked up its second provisional time in as many weeks as Alicia Peterson, Stacey-Ann Smith, Chantel Malone and Angele Cooper crossed the line in 3:36.47 for second place, just three tenths of a second behind Oregon.
Malone also provisionally qualified in the long jump with her season-best leap of 20-5.25 (6.23m) for third place.
The Longhorns have two weeks to prepare for their next meet, the Big 12-Conference USA-SEC Challenge, also hosted by Texas A&M, on Saturday, February 13.
POST MEET QUOTES
Assistant Coach (distances) Steve Sisson:
On Betzy Jimenez: Betzy's training has been consistent in a way that she hasn't had before. I think that after coming off injuries last year has really made her hungry. So whatever level of fitness you are seeing is balanced with a real desire to run hard and fast and an appreciation for being able to compete. It really was a big day for Betzy in the sense that she and others around the country need to recognize that she is legitimate, It's a good thing to have a distance runner of her quality and I think it speaks a lot to the Texas program and how we're growing.
60m hurdles prelims