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Track and field earns 18 top-10 finishes at K.T. Woodman Classic

Track and field earns 18 top-10 finishes at K.T. Woodman Classic

Graduate student Chastity Stewart has a career-best time of 7.92 in the 55-meter hurdles. Courtesy | North Texas Athletics

Track and field earns 18 top-10 finishes at K.T. Woodman Classic
April 17
00:45 2016

Brady Keane | Staff Writer

@BradyKeane3

Just two days after senior Bryce McAndrew broke the North Texas outdoor track and field record in the men’s 5000 meter run at the Bryan Clay Invitational, senior Chastity Stewart finished first as a member of the women’s 4×100-meter relay team and individually in the 100-meter hurdles at the K.T. Woodman Classic in Kansas.

Stewart’s performance was the highlight of the day for the Mean Green, which finished with 18 top-10 finishes. The women’s team placed third overall, while the men’s team finished fifth without its distance runners.

The two first place finishes for Stewart came after coach Carl Sheffield made an effort to adjust the approach in the blocks that she was taking to both races.

“Initially when we made the adjustments, I was getting really discouraged because I wasn’t able to preform the way I wanted to in practice,” Stewart said. “But as the week progressed, I was getting better and better. Today, it just all came together. It feels really good, and it makes me a lot more confident.”

While Stewart shined atop the medal podium, the Mean Green women had success across the board in both the field and running events.

Junior Jazmine Martin posted a season best mark of 12.18 meters to finish second in the triple jump, and sophomore Lafiel Smith finished seventh in long jump with a season-best mark of 7.22 meters. Senior Nadiyah El-Amin placed third in the 200-meter dash with a season-best run of 24.42, and the 4×100-meter relay team of Stewart, Martin, El-Amin and Mona Landry placed first with a time of 45.52.

On the men’s side, the team excelled even without McAndrew and the star-powered distance runners that competed in the Mt. SAC relays and the Bryan Clay Invitational on Thursday.

Junior Dominique Drayden placed third in the triple jump at 14.95 meters, and freshman Jared Bailey-Sampson set a personal best in the 110-meter hurdles with a run of 14.81 to finish fifth. The 4×100-meter relay team of Jamison Justice, Collin Heard, Chukwuma Ekweani and Conor Bey placed third at 3:17.55, and freshman Justin Joe placed fifth in the 100-meter dash with a season-best time of 10.50.

“I always come out with a goal to [set a personal record],” Joe said. “It was good. I just need to focus more on my start and drive phase, and keep on improving that aspect of my race.”

In addition to the strong performance that North Texas had at the K.T. Woodman Classic, Deion Griffin, a member of the 2016 Mean Green football signing class, placed first in the 200-meter for Arlington Heights at the District 7-5A meet at Clark Stadium in Fort Worth. Griffin’s time of 21.42 would have earned second place at the K.T. Woodman.

The Mean Green has two meets remaining before the Conference USA Championships take place in Tennessee May 12-15. The team will be in action next at the John Jacobs Invitational in Oklahoma April 23.

Featured Image: Graduate student Chastity Stewart has a career-best time of 7.92 in the 55-meter hurdles. Courtesy | North Texas Athletics 

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