Anderson runs nation's fastest 100m time on first day of NCAA Midwest Regionals
May 29, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Texas senior Alexandria Anderson ran the nation's fastest 100m time to earn a spot in the final heat of the event at the 2009 NCAA Midwest Regionals. Anderson blazed the track in a personal-best time of 11.07 to set the Midwest Regional meet record and the John Jacobs Field record. Her mark also stands as the third-fastest time in Texas outdoor history.
Anderson returned to the track just a few hours later in hopes of qualifying in the 200m race and qualify she did, as she posted the second-fastest time with a mark of 22.99. The senior will compete for a chance to go to the NCAA Outdoor Championship Saturday, with finals of the 100m and 200m taking place at 6:05 p.m. and 7 p.m. Central, respectively.
Sophomore Chantel Malone advanced to her first NCAA Outdoor Championship with a third place finish in the long jump. Malone recorded a personal-best leap of 20-10.75 (6.37m) on her first jump to secure a spot in the National Championship.
In the 400m hurdles, freshman Angele Cooper ran the fastest time of the day to advance to Saturday's final. Cooper clocked a personal-best 58.18 for the third-fastest time by a freshman in Division I this year.
Freshman Judy Nwosu just missed qualifying for the finals of the 400m as she finished ninth with a season-best time of 54.28. Freshman Stacey-Ann Smith also competed in the event, placing 11th with a 54.55.
Competing on the final day of the Regional Saturday will be junior Jordyn Brown (shot put), junior Destinee Hooker (high jump), freshman Victoria Lucas (high jump), freshman Amanda Van Dyke (shot put), Malone (triple jump), senior Kelly Heinbaugh (javelin), the Longhorns 4x400m relay and the qualifiers from Friday's preliminaries.
The top five finishers in each final earn a spot in the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championship, which takes place June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.
POST MEET QUOTES
On having the opportunity to make it to NCAAs: It feels so good. When I won that heat, I was just like `Yes! I made it to the finals'. Coach Bev said to just stay calm, run and make it to the finals and that's what I did.
Senior Alexandria Anderson
On what she'll do on Saturday: I'm running the 100m, 200m and 4x400m tomorrow so I just need to go out there and just do what I did today and more. It's all about fixing the little things, that's what it comes down to now.
TEXAS RESULTS (A-advanced to Nationals, Q-qualified for finals, !-personal best, mr-meet record)