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Track and field team succeeds in Austin, San Marcos

Track and field team succeeds in Austin, San Marcos

April 01
22:14 2013

Quentin Hope / Staff Writer

The big stage was set this week at the Texas Relays as UNT track and field relay runners traveled to Austin to compete against some of the best programs. The remainder of  track and field athletes went to San Marcos for the Bobcat Invitational to compete in other events.

At the Texas Relays, the UNT women’s team competed against the No. 1 Kansas team and No. 5 Texas team while the men faced the No. 1 Texas A&M team and No. 2 Arkansas team among others.

Texas Relays

The Mean Green ensured it made its best performance possible from March 28 to 30 in Austin, earning multiple first places finishes, new personal bests and a new school record.

Texas Relays is traditionally the biggest annual track and field event that brings the best sprinters, throwers and jumpers to central Texas.

“I was quite scared when we were all lined up and saw everyone,” senior distance runner Josephine Adams said. “Because I didn’t know anyone with all the unattached runners sponsored by Adidas and Nike and I was like, ‘Oh dear,’ but I was happy with the results.”

Adams broke her first school record of the outdoor season, making her fifth broken school record this year. Adams ran a time of 4:19.09 in the women’s 1,500-meter race finishing in third place.

The UNT’s women’s 4×100-meter relay – composed of sophomore Kayla Savoie, freshman Mona Landry, freshman Ashley Henry and senior Ashley Harrison – finished a personal best finishing in 11th with a time of 45.88.

“We were up there with the big, big schools,” Savoie said. “So I was really happy with our performance, and I know that we’re going to keep progressing.”

Bobcat Invitational

While the big stage was at the University of Texas, other UNT athletes showcased their talents at the Bobcat Invitational from March 27 to 28, and left San Marcos with 15 top-five finishers.

“It was a four-way jump off between three UCLA girls, and you know how their reps are,” senior high-jumper Haley Thompson said.

Thompson left San Marcos with first place honors and a new personal best in the women’s high-jump with a leap of 1.66 meters.

UNT’s next scheduled meet is set for Saturday, as it plays host to the North Texas Classic at Fouts Field.

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