May 14, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Texas Women's Track and Field team advanced 11 athletes to the final heats Saturday afternoon at John Jacobs Track Complex in Norman. The Longhorns also earned All-Big 12 performances from three in the field events to end day two with nine points.
A trio of Longhorns qualified for the 200m final led by freshman Christy Udoh who posted a 23.19 for seventh. Sophomore Chalonda Goodman clocked a personal best 23.23 for eighth, while freshman Allison Peter ran a 23.48 for ninth. Goodman also earned a spot in the 100m final with her ninth-place time of 11.68.
Texas advanced two athletes in both the 400m and 400m hurdles. In the open 400m, freshman Briana Nelson and sophomore Kendra Chambers finished fourth (52.97) and sixth (54.27) respectively. Freshman Danielle Dowie finished third in the hurdles in a time of 58.70 while junior Angele Cooper posted a 59.57 for sixth.
Two Longhorns will also run in the 1,500m final as senior Betzy Jimenez placed third in 4:24.59 and junior Julie Amthor clocked a personal-best 4:25.78 for fourth. Freshman Marielle Hall, the 2011 Big 12 Indoor 1,000m champion, qualified for the 800m final in 2:08.38.
In the long jump final, senior Chantel Malone earned her 18th-All-Big 12 honor after placing fourth with a leap of 21-0.75 (6.42m). Freshman A'Lexus Brannon picked up her first all-conference accolade with her seventh-place mark of 20-0.5 (6.22m). Sophomore IJ Ubabuike also claimed her first All-Big 12 honor after finishing seventh in the shot put with a throw of 52-3.25 (15.93m).
Texas currently sits in eighth place overall with nine points heading into the final day of competition which gets started at 1 p.m. CT with the high jump.
POST MEET QUOTES
Head Coach Beverly Kearney
On the meet: I think with today's performances, we made it through for the most part. We had some faltering which every team is going to have at some point. We thought we were going to get more points out of the long jump and shot put so that kind of put us at a deficit in terms of overall points coming off today. The good thing is that we got a lot of people in to the finals. Even though some of them barely made it to the finals, it gives you another chance to refocus. We just have to keep fighting, refocus and fight even harder tomorrow because it's going to be a battle.
TEXAS' RESULTS (Q-qualified for finals, !-personal best)
4. Chantel Malone, 21-0.75 (6.42m)
7. A'Lexus Brannon, 20-0.5 (6.22m)
4. Briana Nelson, 52.97q
6. Kendra Chambers, 54.27q
11. Alicia Peterson, 54.69
13. Chantel Malone, 55.07
9. Chalonda Goodman, 11.68q
11. Christy Udoh, 11.73
16. Allison Peter, 11.98
7. Christy Udoh, 23.19q
8. Chalonda Goodman, 23.23q
9. Allison Peter, 23.48q
400m hurdles prelims
3. Danielle Dowie, 58.70q
6. Angele Cooper, 59.57q
3. Betzy Jimenez, 4:24.59q
4. Julie Amthor, 4:25.78q!
8. Marielle Hall, 2:08.83q
23. Katie Hoaldridge, 2:14.35
Shot Put final
7. IJ Ubabuike, 52-3.25 (15.93m)
13. Amanda Van Dyke, 48-4.50 (14.74m)