No. 11 Women's Track and Field finishes fifth at 2009 Big 12 Indoor Championships
Feb. 28, 2009
Hooker, who won back-to-back Big 12 titles in 2006 and 2007 before taking last season off to train with USA Volleyball, cleared the winning height on her first attempt. The junior becomes just the second person in Big 12 history to win the indoor high jump title three times, joining Texas Ex Erin Aldrich, who captured the title from 1998-2000. Hooker's 6-4 clearance was her highest height reached since her 6-5 personal best jump at the Tyson Invitational in 2007.
With the Big 12 title already secured, Hooker attempted to clear 6-6, which would have broke a nine-year collegiate record and an 11-year Texas record, but just missed on each of her three attempts.
In the short sprints, senior Alexandria Anderson collected 17 points for Texas with a second-place effort in the 60-meter dash and a third-place finish in the 200-meter. Anderson's 7.31 was her second-fastest 60m time this season after running a 7.26 in the prelims while her 23.23 in the 200m was a season-best. The 14-time All-American also met the NCAA provisional standard in both events.
Junior Jordyn Brown and freshman Amanda Van Dyke earned 10 points for the Horns in the shot put, placing second and seventh, respectively. Brown threw a career-best 53-10.25, an NCAA provisional standard, to earn her best showing in the event after placing seventh a year ago. Van Dyke also posted a personal-best, tossing 49-3 on her fifth and final attempt.
In the 400-meter dash, freshmen Angele Cooper and Stacey-Ann Smith posted a 3-4 finish to collect 11 points for Texas and earn their first career All-Big 12 honors. Cooper clocked a career-best 54.22 to earn her second NCAA provisional time of the season, while Smith crossed the line in 54.47.
The Longhorns 4x400-meter relay of freshmen LaKeidra Stewart, Smith, Judy Nwosu and Cooper, finished fourth in the tightly contested event. The group clocked a 3:40.79 for five points while each also garnered All-Conference honors.
Sophomore Chantel Malone, fresh off a second-place finish in Friday's long jump, posted a season-best and NCAA provisional mark of 42-2.75 for fourth place in the triple jump and her fourth career All-Big 12 honor.
After setting a Gilliam Indoor record in the 600-yard on day one, Nwosu finished in 1:21.80 for third place and her first All-Conference honor.
Freshman Victoria Lucas was also named All-Big 12 after clearing 5-6 in the high jump to tie for fifth.
Freshman Destiny Lumas started day two scoring for Texas, as she cleared each barrier in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.62 to finish seventh for two points. Junior Lauren Salisbury and senior Katara Rosby earned a pair of eighth-place finishes in the Mile and 800m, respectively. Salisbury clocked a 5:02.85 while Rosby finished in 2:15.65.
Texas A&M won its third-straight Big 12 Indoor title with 130 points followed by Texas Tech (103.5), Nebraska (96.5) and Baylor (86).
The Longhorns head to Last Chance meets next weekend (March 6-7) before heading back to College Station for the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships from Friday-Saturday, March 13-14.
JUNIOR HIGH JUMPER Destinee Hooker
On reaching 6-4: It is a huge accomplishment compared to my first meet of the year when I jumped 6-3.25 and then went down to 5-11 and back up to 6-1. I think overall I am just happy with my performance, I couldn't put it any other way.
On support from the crowd: I got asked if they (the other high jump girls) could to the clap for me, but that throws me off because as they start jumping faster it gets me off rhythm. The support all around was great, my parents are here, I looked up and they were just sitting there waving. That's why I was crying so much after, they said are you sad you missed 6-6 and I said no its because I'm happy I made 6-4. It was happy tears. Even though the stadium was Texas A&M and Texas, I couldn't even tell, that was the best thing about the crowd.
On going for 6-6: I had a plan. I asked coach what I should do next and she said go up to 6-1.25. So I said okay and then after that I went up to 6-2.75 and that's a stadium record and a PR for me at this track. Basically my goal was to go up two inches and then after I cleared 6-4 on the first try okay I haven't cleared 6-6 yet at all so I thought I would go for it.
On how she felt about possibly clearing 6-6: I thought I had it on my first try actually, then the second I just rested and the third was just overwhelming because I would have got a PR. If I would have cleared 6-6, I probably wouldn't have even known what I would have done.
TEXAS RESULTS (#-NCAA Automatic Mark, @-NCAA Provisional Mark, !-personal best, mr-meet record)
1. Destinee Hooker, 6-4 (1.93m)#
T-5th. Victoria Lucas, 5-6 (1.68m)
4. Chantel Malone, 42-2.75 (12.87m)@
7. Destiny Lumas, 8.62
2. Alexandria Anderson, 7.31@
8. Lauren Salisbury, 5:02.85
2. Judy Nwosu, 1:21.80
3. Angele Cooper, 54.22!@
4. Stacey-Ann Smith, 54.47
8. Katara Rosby, 2:15.65
2. Jordyn Brown, 53-10.25 (16.41m)!@
7. Amanda Van Dyke, 49-3 (15.01m)!
3. Alexandria Anderson, 23.23@
16. Mia Behm, 9:48.04
20. Larkin Geyer, 9:54.30
26. Laleh Mojtabaeezamani, 10:01.36
27. Asia Myrland, 10:02.79
11. Beverly Owoyele, 3,310 points
14. Kim Ikegbunam, 2,828 points
WEIGHT THROW FINALS
4. Jordyn Brown, 59-8.5 (18.20m)
LONG JUMP FINALS
2. Chantel Malone, 20-7 (6.27m)
60-METER HURDLES SEMIS
3. Destiny Lumas, 8.58-qualified
13. Ashley Starks, 9.32
60-METER DASH SEMIS
2. Alexandria Anderson, 7.26#-qualified
11. LaKeidra Stewart, 7.55
14. Alexandria Pegram, 7.61
1. Judy Nwosu, 1:21.63!mr-qualified
400-METER DASH PRELIMS
4. Angele Cooper, 54.40!
6. Stacey-Ann Smith, 54.70
800-METER RUN PRELIMS
6. Katara Rosby, 2:12.45
200-METER DASH PRELIMS
3. Alexandria Anderson, 23.19#-qualified
11. Angele Cooper, 24.11!
16. LaKeidra Stewart, 24.55
17. Alexandria Pegram, 24.56!
5,000 METER RUN
7. Mia Behm, 16:54.33!
DISTANCE MEDLEY RELAY