Women's Track and Field extends streak of top-two Big 12 finishes to 11 with second-place performance
AMES, Iowa -- Senior Michelle Carter and sophomores Alexandria Anderson and Destinee Hooker won Big 12 Championship titles, and the Texas women's track and field team finished in second with 104 points on day two (Feb. 24) of the 2007 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships.
"As far as the team is concerned, I have always lived and died by the sword," said head coach Beverly Kearney. "I go for quality points rather than quantity points. Nine times out of ten I'm going to win that way. One time I'm not going to get it done.
Texas A&M won the women's team title with 148 points. Texas Tech finished third with 93 points and Oklahoma (74.50) and Nebraska (69.50) rounded out the top five teams.
Carter (Ovilla, Texas) successfully defended her conference shot put championship, tossing 58-4.5 (17.79m). The 2006 NCAA champion won her third overall Big 12 shot put title. It marked her third farthest career throw and the first time she has thrown 58-feet since Mar. 11, 2005.
Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) won her second league championship, clearing 6-1.25 (1.86m). She hit the automatic standard for the fourth time this season. She just missed the Big 12 meet record of 6-2 (1.88-meters) held by UT's (Erin Aldrich and Iowa State's Gina Curtis.
Anderson (Chicago, Ill.) won her first Big 12 Championship, commanding the 60-meter dash field in 7.30. She continues the streak as UT has won the 60-meter dash for the sixth time in the last seven years. Sprinter Chauntae Bayne (Saginaw, Texas) came in third with a season-best provisional qualifying tie of 7.35.
"Of course, those three are pretty solid. Two of those - Michelle Carter and Destinee Hooker -- are ranked number one in the nation, and Alexandria is now top five. They don't acquire those without being the best at what they do."
Anderson and Bayne doubled in the 200-meter dash final, posting third- and fourth-place finishes. Anderson recorded a second provisional qualifying time (23.63) while Bayne registered a 23.75 finish.
Sophomore Janine Davis (Elizabeth, N.J.) and freshman Devon Williams (Parkville, Md.) scored 14 points in the 600-yard run. Davis clocked the fifth fastest UT time ever with a 1:20.36 clip and Williams was right behind her with the sixth speediest Longhorn time (1:20.74).
Junior Temeka Kincy (Indianapolis, Ind.) picked up another eight points for UT with a runner-up finish in the 1000-meter run. She covered the three-and-a-half lap course in a season-best 2:47.81. She moves from fifth on the all-time list to fourth place.
In the 800-meter run, sophomore Katara Rosby (Baton Rouge, La.) registered a 2:09.94 time and added four points to the scoreboard.
Sophomore Kira Robinson (Denver, Colo.) equaled her preliminary race mark with a personal best mark of 8.47 in the 60-meter hurdles. Robinson finished fifth and scored four points towards the UT team total.
Freshman Betzy Jimenez (Hereford, Texas) scored her first conference points for the Longhorns, running a season-best 4:52.51 and taking seventh n the mile run.
Coming around the turn in the final 150-meters, junior Jasmine Lee (Norwalk, Calif.) and Nebraska senior Sheryl Morgan collided on the curve. Lee eventually got up to finish in 1:06.36.
Sophomore Arianna McKinney (Pine Hill, N.J.) ran 9:57.74 in the 3000-meter ahead of freshman Asia Myrland.
400m run (Auto: 52.70/Prov: 54.70)
600 yard run
800m run (Auto: 2:05.20/Prov: 2:09)
Mile run (Auto: 4:40/Prov: 4:48)
60m hurdles (Auto: 8.15/Prov: 8.43)
High jump (Auto: 1.84m/Prov: 1.78m)
Shot put (Auto: 16.90m/Prov: 15.20m)
4x400m relay (Auto: 3:33/Prov: 3:40)
P - preliminary race