Two records shattered, eight regional qualifiers for Women's Track and Field at UNLV Invitational
LAS VEGAS -- Two track records were broken and the Texas women's track and field team walked away with eight NCAA regional qualifiers at the UNLV Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev., on Saturday, March 17, 2007.
Sophomore All-American Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) tied her personal best height of 6-2.75 (1.90m) in winning the high jump and meeting the NCAA regional qualifying mark. The reigning NCAA outdoor champion equaled the second highest jump in school history, a mark that she in 2006. She also shattered the UNLV track record with her performance.
Adding to the list of PartridgeTarr-Smith track record holders was junior Ashley Laughlin (Marble Falls, Texas) who met the NCAA Midwest Region standard in winning the pole vault with a clearance of 12-5.5 (3.80m). Her mark shattered the track record of 3.25-meters set in 1999 by San Diego State's Draher and Brigham Young's Higham.
Sophomore All-American Alexandria Anderson (Chicago, Ill.) breezed by the field in the 400-meter dash, solidifying a spot at the region championships with an event-winning, NCAA qualifying time of 53.67.
Senior transfer and All-American Chauntae Bayne (Saginaw, Texas) earned a bid to her first NCAA Midwest Region Championships, running 23.47 in taking second-place in the 200-meter dash.
Senior All-American Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) earned a berth in the discus at the region meet, winning the event with an NCAA qualifying throw of 157-0 (47.86m).
Sophomore hurdler Kira Robinson (Denver, Colo.) cleared each barrier in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.85 seconds to earn a spot at the NCAA region meet.
UT's 4x100-meter relay wasted no time in starting its' national title defense in the event, as the quartet ran a regional standard of 44.55 for second-place.
Freshman Jordyn Brown (Mesquite, Texas) won the shot put and qualified for her first NCAA region championship with a career-best throw of 47-1.5 (14.36m). The mark moves her into ninth-place on UT's all-time top 10 list in her first collegiate outdoor meet.
Senior Landra Stewardson (Detroit, Texas) won the 5,000-meter run, clocking 18:13.01 for first-place.In her first outdoor college meet, freshman Betzy Jimenez (Hereford, Texas) finished second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:13.45. Fellow mid-distance runner Temeka Kincy (Indianapolis, Ind.) also earned a runner-up showing, finishing the 1,500-meter run in 4:42.35.