Destinee Hooker captures third Texas Relays high jump crown
AUSTIN, Texas -- University of Texas freshman Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) won her third consecutive high jump title Friday at the 79th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays to highlight the meet's third day for the Longhorn women.
The 2006 NCAA indoor high jump third-place finisher, Hooker extended her regular-season unbeaten streak to five meets, clearing 6-1.5 to set a new personal best. Hooker won the high school girls' division of the high jump at the 2004 and 2005 Texas Relays while competing for San Antonio's Southwest High School and adds her first collegiate Texas Relays title.
Texas excelled in preliminary-round relay action on the meet's third day. The 4x100-meter relay quartet of senior LaTashia Kerr (Houston, Texas), freshman Alexandria Anderson (Chicago, Ill.), senior Melaine Walker (Kingston, Jamaica) and junior Marshevet Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) finished in 43.40 for the nation's fastest time this season.
Texas' 4x400-meter relay squad also qualified for Saturday's finals, as freshman Janine Davis (Elizabeth, N.J.) and seniors Sheretta Jones (Houston, Texas), Jerrika Chapple (Lancaster, Texas) and LaTashia Kerr (Houston, Texas) clocked 3:33.56 for eighth place after the preliminary round.
Walker contributed an excellent preliminary-round performance in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking 13.19 for a new personal best and the nation's second-fastest time. Hooker and Anderson added qualifying times in the 100 meters, placing fourth and sixth, respectively, in the preliminary round. Hooker clocked 11.43, while Anderson timed 11.46.
The final day of competition begins Saturday at 9 a.m. CDT. The collegiate events kick off at 11 a.m. CDT.
79th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
4x100-Meter Relay (Prelims)
High Jump (Final)
4x400-Meter Relay (Prelims)
Long Jump 'A' (Final)
Sprint Medley Relay (Final)
Pole Vault `B'