Hooker advances to NCAA Championships, women qualify six for finals at NCAA Midwest Region
NORMAN, Okla. -- Sophomore Marshevet Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) advanced to the NCAA Championships in the long jump on the first day of the NCAA Midwest Regionals on Friday. Hooker won the long jump with a leap of 21-2, which tied the meet record. The Texas women also qualified five athletes and a relay for the finals on Saturday. The top five finishers in each event advance to the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. on June 8-11.
In addition to Hooker's performance in the long jump, she also qualified for the 100-meter finals and led the 4x100-meter relay team to the top-qualifying time of 43.71.
Junior Melaine Walker (Kingston, Jamaica) posted the top time in the 400-meter hurdles with a 56.09 and advanced to the final along with classmate Sheretta Jones (Houston, Texas), who snatched the final-qualifying spot with a 59.34. Junior Ashlee Williams (Dallas, Texas) recorded the second-fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles with a 13.16 to advance to Saturday's final, while sophomore Jerrika Chapple (Lancaster, Texas) clocked a 53.41 to advance in the 400 meters.
The second day of action at the NCAA Midwest Regionals will continue on Saturday, May 28.
* - qualified for final on Saturday, May 28