When: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 1-2, 2008
Where: Houston, Texas (Yeoman Field House/UH Alumni Center)
Track: Flat, six lane, 200-meter oval with eight-lane straightaway
AUSTIN, Texas -- For the last time this season, the 16th-ranked Texas women's track and field team travel to Houston for a meet. The Longhorns take the track at the Houston Indoor Invitational at Yeoman Field House from Friday-Saturday, Feb. 1-2.
Big 12 leaders (Times are converted to banked-track marks)
Junior Alexandria Anderson (Chicago, Ill.) leads the league in the long jump (19-10.75/6.06m), is second in the conference in the 60-meter dash (7.31) and tied for second with Baylor's Tiffany Townsend in the 200 (23.85); Freshman Bianca Knight (Ridgeland, Miss.) is third in the 60-meter dash (7.34) Senior Temeka Kincy (Indianapolis, Ind.) has the fifth-fastest 800-meter time (2:09.74); Sophomore Asia Myrland (Verona, Wisc.) is second in the 5,000-meter run (17:46.80) while freshman Jessica Heath (Houston, Texas) is fourth with her season-best time of 17:55.99; Senior pole vaulter Ashley Laughlin's provisional height (12-11.50/3.95m) is third in the Big 12; Sophomore Jordyn Brown (Mesquite, Texas) has the second-farthest shot put mark in the conference (51-3 (15.62m).
NCAA leaders and provisional qualifiers
Four Longhorns have met the NCAA provisional standard in their events. Short sprinters Anderson and Knight clocked 7.31 seconds and 7.34 seconds, respectively, to beat the NCAA standard of 7.44. Laughlin equaled the provisional height of 12-11.50 (3.95m) in the pole vault. Brown eclipsed the shot put standard of 50-6.25 (15.40m) with her most recent throw of 51-3 (15.62m).
Brown shattering personal bests
Second-year thrower Brown improved her personal best by six feet this year. Entering the 2008 season with a personal best of 45-9 in the shot put, Brown showed her progress, tossing 47-9.75 (14.57m) to win the Houston Indoor Opener. She added another four-feet to her lifetime best, capturing the crown at the Illinois Quadrangular with a throw of 51-3 (15.62m).
Anderson tabbed Big 12 Athlete of the Week after dominating three events
Anderson garnered weekly conference honors for her three-event winning performance at the Illinois Women's Quadrangular meet on Saturday, Jan. 19.
The Chicago native improved her NCAA provisional time and tied the Armory Track record in the 60-meter dash, running 7.31 seconds in the victory. She added a second NCAA provisional mark in the 200 with an event-best 23.85.
Anderson nearly added a third provisional standard in the long jump, leading the field with a lifetime best jump of 19-10.75 (6.06m).
Hooker to train with USA Volleyball
Junior Destinee Hooker will skip the 2008 track and field season to train with the USA Volleyball team in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hooker won two outdoor national championships (2006 and 2007), two NCAA Midwest Region titles and four Big 12 crowns in just two seasons of competition. Hooker is one of three Texas volleyball players selected in the 10-player group that will train with the national team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.