Women's Track and Field advances to finals in five events on first day of NCAA Championships
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sophomore Marshevet Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) qualified for the finals in the 100 meters and the long jump as Texas qualified for the finals in five events on the first day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships.
"I think we are way ahead mentally and physically this year than we were last year," said Texas women's head coach Bev Kearney. "We were five-for-five in advancing to the next round, so now we are in a scoring position. I thought Marshevet did a great job balancing all of her events today and it shows a lot of maturity for a young person."
Hooker started the day by running the anchor leg of the 4x100-meter relay, leading the team to the best time of the day, a 43.60. She then ran in the prelims of the 100 meters and advanced to the semifinals with a time of 11.39. From there, it was on to the long jump, where she qualified third with a leap of 20-10. Then, it was back to the 100 meters, where she qualified for the finals with the fastest time, an 11.33.
Sophomore Jerrika Chapple (Lancaster, Texas) ran the third leg of the top-qualifying 4x100-meter relay and then qualified for the final of the 400 meters with a time of 52.79. Junior Ashlee Williams (Dallas, Texas) posted a time of 13.34 in the prelims of the 100-meter hurdles and then clocked a 13.24 to move on to the finals.
Texas' second day of competition at the NCAA Championships will begin with the first round of the 200 meters at 7:30 p.m. (Central).
* - qualified for next round of competition