Women's Track and Field wins Leonard Hilton Memorial; Hooker qualifies for nationals
HOUSTON -- Sophomore high jumper Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) booked her ticket to the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships, automatically qualifying and winning the high jump with a height of 6-0.5 (1.84m).
Senior Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) and fellow sophomore Alexandria Anderson (Chicago, Ill.) added provisional qualifying marks in the shot put and 60-meter dash, as they helped the Texas women's track and field team win the Leonard Hilton Memorial Meet on Friday (Jan. 19).
The Longhorns, led by head coach Bev Kearney, won the meet, scoring 134 points, ahead of Rice (91.50 points), host school Houston (84 points), Sam Houston State (81.50), Texas State (39) and Tulane (39).
Stepping up to the shot put circle for her final attempt, Carter nailed the provisional qualifying mark and event winning distance of 53-5 (16.28m) for the second farthest throw in the nation, entering today's meet.
Anderson tied for the fastest advancing time in the 60-meter preliminary race, clocking 7.46. She returned to the track to win section two of the finals, with a provisional qualifying time of 7.38.
In between provisionally qualifying in the 60-meter dash, Anderson also competed in the long jump, finishing fifth with a distance of 18-11.25 (5.77m).
Senior transfer Chauntae Bayne (Saginaw, Texas) was the highest collegiate finisher in the 200-meter dash, running 24.67 in her first meet since transferring from Stanford.
Rookie miler Betzy Jimenez (Hereford, Texas) won her first collegiate competition, out-distancing the harriers in the mile run with a time of 4:56.22.
Freshman Asia Myrland (Verona, Wisc.) contributed eight points in the team victory, running 17:45.45 to take second in the 5000-meter run.
Sophomore Kira Robinson (Denver, Colo.) was the fastest advancer in her preliminary heat of the 60-meter hurdles, running 8.73. She finished the finals with the fourth-speediest time, clocking 8.69 at the end of the race.
UT took three of the top four spots in the 800-meter run. Sophomore Katara Rosby (Baton Rouge, La.) won the event with a time of 2:15.22. She was followed by sophomore Janine Davis (Elizabeth, N.J.), who was second in 2:15.82. Junior Temeka Kincy (Indianapolis, Ind.) was fourth in 2:17.45.
The women's distance medley relay finished second, completing the course in 12:14.51.