Women's Track and Field preview: Last Chance Meets
March 3, 2011
Name: Arkansas Last Chance
Name: Notre Dame Last Chance
AUSTIN, Texas - The No. 4 Texas Women's Track and Field Team will send a DMR to Notre Dame and a handful of athletes to Arkansas in hopes of qualifying for the 2011 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, which are held March 10-11 in College Station, Texas.
Last time out: Big 12 Indoor championships (Feb. 25-26, Lincoln, Nebraska)
The Longhorns finished third this past weekend at the Big 12 indoor Championships in Lincoln. Three Longhorns won individual events in freshmen Shanay Briscoe (high jump), Marielle Hall (1,000m) and Kendra Chambers (600y) while the 4x400m relay finished second in an automatic time of 3:32.89.
Three Longhorns already in NCAA Championships
A trio of Longhorns have already automatically qualified for this year's NCAA Indoor Championships, which will be held March 10-11 in College Station, Texas. Freshman Briana Nelson will compete in the 400m dash with her personal-best time of 52.18, which ranks third in the NCAA this season. Senior Chantel Malone auto'd in the long jump with her nation-leading leap of 21-10 while junior Mia Behm qualified with her 15:58.34 in the 5,000m. In addition, Texas' 4x400m relay also earned a berth with its 3:32.89, which ranks third in the nation.
Longhorns keep Big 12 high jump title in their name
When freshman Shanay Briscoe won the 2011 Big 12 Indoor High Jump Title in Lincoln last week, she became part of an elite group of Texas high jumpers. Briscoe is the third Longhorn to win the event, joining Erin Aldrich and Destinee Hooker, and was the fourth Horn to win the event in the last three years.
Chambers and Hall earn Big 12 Titles in events new to them
Neither freshman Marielle Hall nor junior transfer Kendra Chambers had competed in either event they were entered in prior to the Big 12 Indoor Championships, but that didn't hold them back. Hall became the first Longhorn to win the Big 12 1,000m title since 1998 after posting a time of 2:24.40 while Chambers claimed the 600-yard title to be the first Texas athlete to pick up the crown since 2006.
Distance Medley breaks school record
At the Big 12 Championships, the Longhorns' distance medley relay raced to school history as they posted a time of 11:14.53, shattering the previous record by five seconds exactly (11:19.53), set in 2008. The group of junior Julie Amthor, junior Stacey-Ann Smith, freshman Marielle Hall and senior Betzy Jimenez finished third overall at the Big 12 meet.
Arkansas Last Chance