Women's Track and Field finishes second at NCAA Indoor Championships
March 12, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The University of Texas Women's Track and Field Team posted a second-place finish behind 38 points at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships, Saturday night at Gilliam Indoor Stadium. The Longhorns, who finished 42nd at the 2010 meet, recorded their highest finish since 2006 and their ninth top-two effort in program history.
The second-place showing wasn't without drama as the Longhorns edged out the third and fourth-place teams by a total of three points. LSU placed third with 37 points while Arkansas finished fourth with 35 points. Oregon won the overall team title with 67 points.
The meet came down to the mile-relay, the final event of the night. Texas entered the race in second in the team standings and needed to either finish ahead of LSU and Arkansas or have Arkansas beat LSU to stay in second, which is how it ended up playing out. The Longhorns relay of juniors Stacey-Ann Smith, Angele Cooper, Kendra Chambers and freshman Briana Nelson, finished fourth in 3:31.11, the sixth-fastest time in Texas history and fastest since 2006.
Also scoring on Saturday for the Longhorns was senior Chantel Malone who posted a personal-best triple jump mark of 44-1.5 (13.45m) for third place. The jump is the second-best in Texas history and is just one inch shy of the school record of 44-2.5, set in 1986.
Cooper, who ran the second-leg of the mile-relay, also posted a fifth-place finish in the open 400m (53.15) to pick up her first individual All-American honor at the indoor meet.
Friday night, junior Mia Behm finished second in the 5,000m, freshman Shanay Briscoe finished second in the high jump, junior Victoria Lucas placed sixth in the high jump while Malone posted a fifth-place effort in the long jump.
The Longhorns open the 2011 outdoor season at the Black & Gold Challenge in Orlando, Fla., on March 19.
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