Women's Track and Field preview: 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships
March 9, 2010
What: 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships
LONGHORNS HEAD TO FAYETTEVILLE ... The University of Texas Women's Track and Field team heads to the 28th annual NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this Friday-Saturday, March 12-13 held at The University of Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track Center. ESPN360.com will stream portions of the championships live beginning at 8 p.m. Central time, Friday, March 12, and 6:10 p.m. Central time, Saturday, March 13. To access the live stream, visit www.ESPN360.com.
TEXAS AT THE NCAA INDOOR MEET ... Texas has won six NCAA Indoor Championships with its most recent coming in 2006. The Longhorns are currently riding a seven-year streak of consecutive top-10 finishes at the national meet. The Horns have finished fourth the last two years with rosters that included just three individuals and one relay.
COOPER BREAKING OUT ... After a freshman season that included a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championship semifinals in the 400m hurdles, sophomore Angele Cooper is building off of that experience this indoor season. This year, the California native has set PRs in both the 200m (23.72) and 400m (52.97) while picking up NCAA provisional marks in both events.
JIMENEZ STEPPING UP ... After sitting out the 2009 indoor and outdoor seasons due to injury, redshirt junior Betzy Jimenez has picked up right where she left off by setting PR's in each event she's competed in this season including two NCAA provisional marks. Jimenez earned the provisional times in the 3,000m (9:18.03) and mile (4:44.95). She's also recorded PR times of 2:13.58 (800m), 16:55.56 (5,000m) and 2:49.49 (1,000m). Her PR in the 3,000m is 41 seconds faster than her previous PR of 9:59.18.
BACK FOR MORE ... After taking home the 2009 4x400m NCAA Outdoor crown, the Texas mile relay is back and looking to extend its streak of top-eight finishes at the national indoor meet to five-straight years. Texas is no stranger to 4x400m relay indoor titles as seven squads have won the event since 1988. The Longhorns seven titles in the event are more than any other NCAA Division I women's squad since the start of the national indoor meet in 1983.
BROWN CONTINUES TO PROGRESS ... From walk-on to All-American, senior Jordyn Brown has made a name for herself in the shot put across the nation. After earning the first All-American honor of the career in 2009 with a fourth-place finish in the indoor shot put, Brown has continued to impress. This year, she has bettered her shot put mark in each meet and is currently ranked 13th with her season-best throw of 54-1 (16.48m).
MALONE JUMPS AHEAD OF THE PACK ... Chantel Malone recently made both Big 12 history and UT history. The junior long jumper claimed the Big 12 title after completing a personal-best leap of 21-4.25. Not only did she overtake a 13-year-old Big 12 record, but her mark became the second best in UT indoor history, only falling behind Marshevet Hooker's record jump of 21-6.25 (2005).