Hooker nears UT school record, Carter repeats automatic performance in shot put at Tyson Invitational
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Sophomore Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) is inching closer and closer to solidifying her place as UT's all-time best high jumper -- literally.
Hooker cleared 6-5 (1.96m) and came within an inch of the school record held by two-time National Champion Erin Aldrich on the final day of the 2007 Tyson Invitational, held at the site for the 2007 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships -- the Randal Tyson Track and Field Center.
Hooker, the 2006 NCAA Outdoor champion, has the second-best performance behind Aldrich and two of the eight highest clearances ever by a Texas high jumper. The mark moves her into the national lead, ahead of junior Kristine Bolterstein (Miami-Ohio) and senior Renee Hein (Cincinnati), who entered the weekend with heights of 1.87-meters.
Head coach Bev Kearney's ninth-ranked team also had a second automatic qualifier as Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) registered a season-best and second automatic qualifying throw in the shot put, tossing 57-5.5 (17.51m) and taking third place. The reigning NCAA Indoor champion registered the second-farthest throw in the nation with her distance on Saturday. Carter had the fifth best all-time Longhorns performance behind her 2006 best throw of 57-6.25.
UT junior Temeka Kincy (Indianapolis, Ind.) provisionally qualified in winning the 800-meter run, clearing the two-lap course in a season-best 2:08.81. Kincy's time moved her into fifth on the all-time performers' list.
Sophomore Katara Rosby (Baton Rouge, La.) was .61 seconds from joining Kincy on the national qualifiers list, as she finished the race with a 2:09.61 mark. Sophomore Janine Davis (Elizabeth, N.J.) was right behind Rosby, who finished fourth, with a fifth-place, 2:10.07 time in the event.
Senior Chauntae Bayne (Saginaw, Texas) added the 200-meter dash to her NCAA Indoor event list, running a provisional qualifying time of 23.74. She finished 16th overall ahead of sophomore Alexandria Anderson (Chicago, Ill.) who ran 23.99, junior Jasmine Lee (Norwalk, Calif.) who clocked 24.30 for 28th overall, and Houston native Britney Orville (25.64 for 68th).
Lee, Bayne, Anderson and freshman Devon Williams (Parkville, Md.) put the 4x400-meter relay in the NCAA provisional field, as the quartet boasted a season-best time of 3:38.22. The group finished in second place and bettered the provisional standard of 3:40 for the event.
Kincy, Davis and Rosby joined freshman Betzy Jimenez (Hereford, Texas) in running 11:43.38 for fifth place in the distance medley relay.
Other finishes: Sophomore Arianna McKinney (Pine Hill, N.J.) sped to a 10:07.17 mark in the 3000-meter run... Freshman Jordyn Brown (Mesquite, Texas) threw 43-1 (13.13m) in taking 22nd in the shot put.
TYSON INVITATIONAL DAY TWO RESULTS
3000-meter Run College (A: 9:15.00/ P: 9:34.00)
4x400-meter Relay (A: 3:33.00/ P: 3:40.00)
Distance Medley Relay (A: 11:09/ P: 11:30)
High Jump Championship (A: 1.84m/P: 1.78m)
Shot Put College (A: 16.90m/P: 15.20m)
@ - NCAA automatic mark