Women's Track and Field collects five NCAA qualifying marks in Hilton Memorial victory
HOUSTON -- Accustomed to competing in the shadows of her older sister, University of Texas freshman Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) vaulted out of that shadow Friday evening at the Leonard Hilton Memorial Meet at the University of Houston's Yeoman Field House.
In her first collegiate meet, Destinee -- the younger sister of UT junior All-American Marshevet Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) -- took the high jump with a leap of 6-0 3/4 (1.85m), surpassing the NCAA automatic-qualifying mark by one one-hundredth of a meter. The leap ranks Hooker as the fourth-best high jumper in the history of Texas Track and Field. With a full season ahead, Hooker figures to tie UT's No. 3 high jumper, Shelly Fehrman, who topped 6-1 in 1986.
Not to be outdone by her little sister, Marshevet Hooker collected two victories to help the Longhorns to an easy team victory in the 12-team event. Marshevet took the 60-meter dash with an NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 7.33 seconds after clocking a 7.28 in the preliminary round. Freshman Alexandria Anderson (Chicago, Ill.) took a close second in 7.35, adding another NCAA provisional mark.
Marshevet contributed her second NCAA provisional mark of the night in the long jump with a distance of 20-4 1/4. Anderson followed Hooker in second place with a jump of 19-7 1/2.
Junior Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) added her second win and NCAA provisional mark in as many meets, as she captured the shot put with a toss of 51-9 3/4. Senior Melaine Walker (Kingston, Jamaica) chipped in the final Texas NCAA provisional mark of the night with a time of 8.23 in the 60-meter hurdles, good for first place, overall.
Sophomore Jasmine Lee (Norwalk, Calif.), a USC transfer, claimed the 400 meters in 56.01. Sophomore Temeka Kincy (Indianapolis, Ind.) took the 800 meters in 2:11.85, as senior Dee Dee Cortez (Mission, Texas) and freshman Janine Davis (Elizabeth, N.J.) took second and third, respectively.
Sophomore Alandra Sherman (Houston, Texas) added a personal-best time in the 60-meter hurdles, while sophomores Ashley Laughlin (Marble Falls, Texas) and Anne Phillips (Ft. Worth, Texas) contributed personal bests in the pole vault.
"We're a lot further ahead than we were this time last year," said UT coach Bev Kearney. "We have more individuals who are performing and more individuals who can perform well at this point in the season."
The Longhorns will return to Houston on Saturday, Feb. 4 for the Houston Indoor Invitational.
Leonard Hilton Memorial Meet -- Houston
Distance Medley Relay