AUSTIN, Texas -- Six competitors from The University of Texas women's track and field outdoor squad will participate at the 2008 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships this weekend (May 30-31) in Lincoln, Neb. at the Ed Weir Stadium on the campus of the University of Nebraska.
The field events began on Friday, May 30 at 1 p.m. and the running events start at 1:30 p.m. Central. Saturday, the field event preliminaries and finals began at 1 p.m. while the track event finals start three hours later.
The six Longhorns competing for head coach Bev Kearney are: All-America junior Alex Anderson (Chicago, Il.) in the 100 and 200 meter sprints; sophomore Jordyn Brown (Mesquite, Texas) in the shot put; sophomore Betzy Jimenez (Hereford, Texas) in the 1500 meter run; All-America senior Temeka Kincy (Indianapolis, Ind.) at 800 meters; senior Ashley Laughlin (Marble Falls, Texas) in the pole vault; and freshman Chantel Malone (Tortola, British Virgin Islands) in the triple jump.
Anderson holds the second-fastest time in the Midwest in the 100 dash (11.10), just behind Texas A&M senior Simone Facey's 10.98. Anderson's 22.75 clocking in the 200 meters at the Big 12 Championships (May 16) is the fourth-fastest 200 sprint in the region.
Kincy's best time this spring in the 800 meter run -- a 2:05.75 -- is the second-fastest time in the Midwest Region as she trails Baylor's Lauren Hagans (2:04.50). Laughlin continues to hold the region's top pole vault mark with her school-record mark of school-record 13 feet, 11-1/4 inches (4.25 meters), set on April 19 at the Texas Twilight meet, while Brown's shot put toss of 16.73 meters this spring (a second-place finish at the Big 12 Championships) is the third-best in the region.
Fans at the meet will have the chance to see numerous athletes -- including Anderson -- who have an opportunity to compete in the 2008 Olympic Games later this summer in Beijing, China. The women's field has 17 athletes that have hit the Olympic `A' performance standard while the men's side feratures 16 athletes who have met that "A" standard.
Anderson has hit the "A" standard in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes.
At the 2007 meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, Texas placed second as a team with 67 points, head of third-place Nebraska (60) and behind Texas A&M (99).