Women's Track and Field notebook: February 18
Two NCAA titles, six All-America finishes and six Big 12 titles might leave many student-athletes satisfied with their collegiate careers. But, for University of Texas junior Marshevet Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), those accolades mark only the beginning and hardly the culmination of her time as a Longhorn.
The reigning Big 12 Women's Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week, Hooker is one of only two women's collegiate track and field athletes (along with Providence distance runner Mary Cullen) with top-five national marks in three individual events.
Even more impressive is that Hooker collected all three top-five marks - each of which automatically qualified her for competition at next month's NCAA Championships - at a single meet, last week's Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
Hooker cruised to a personal-best time of 7.22 seconds in the 60-meter dash to record the third-fastest time in school history. On the same day, Friday, Feb. 10, Hooker added a season-best leap in the long jump with a distance of 21-0.
Competing in her first 200-meter event of the season, Hooker added an NCAA automatic mark and personal-best time of 23.13, just for good measure.
Ranked for a Reason
Below is a listing of the Longhorns featured in the national rankings.
Records Made to Be Broken
Sophomore Ashley Laughlin (Marble Falls, Texas) broke UT's indoor pole vault record earlier this season and eclipsed her own mark last weekend at the Tyson Invitational. She initially broke the record on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Houston Indoor Invitational with a height of 12-5.50 (3.80 meters) before raising the mark to 12-6.25 (3.82 meters) at the Tyson meet.
Marshevet Hooker and junior Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) inched closer to their indoor records at the Tyson Invitational, as well. Hooker's season-best distance of 21-0 in the long jump is only 6.25 inches shy of her school-record leap at the 2005 NCAA Championships.
Carter set UT's indoor shot put record with a heave of 58-7.25 at the 2005 NCAA Championships. She registered her season-best distance at the Tyson Invitational with a toss of 57-6.25.