Women's Track and Field earns seven entries to NCAA Indoor Championships
INDIANAPOLIS -- Defending national champion Texas will send seven individuals in six events to the 2007 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship as national qualifiers were announced late on Monday, Mar. 5. The two-day meet takes place from Friday-Saturday, Mar. 9-10 at the Randal Tyson Track and Field Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
Senior Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) and sophomore Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) return as national champions in their respective events. Carter won the indoor shot put while Hooker currently leads the nation after winning the outdoor high jump. Hooker placed tied for first but ended up in third in the jump-off as a rookie in her first NCAA national championship meet.
Sophomore All-American Alexandria Anderson (Chicago, Ill.) earned three berths as she will run in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes, and compete as the third leg of the 4x400-meter relay.
Senior All-American sprinter and senior transfer Chauntae Bayne (Saginaw, Texas) joined Anderson as a multiple-event selection, as Bayne is entered in the 60 and as the anchor of the 1,600-meter relay. The former Stanford Cardinal met the provisional standard in three events (60, 200, 400) and added a fourth mark as the final leg of the mile-relay.
Junior Ashley Laughlin (Marble Falls, Texas) vaulted a UT school record and lifetime-best 4.12-meters to earn the No. 12 spot on the pole vault national list.
The Longhorns' 4x400-meter relay team earned an at-large selection as the 10th fastest quartet in the nation. Junior All-American and outdoor relay national champion Jasmine Lee (Norwalk, Calif.) and freshman mid-year entrant Devon Williams (Parkville, Md.) join Anderson and Bayne in the 1,600-meter relay.