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UNT makes a name at the NCAA Track & Field Championship

UNT makes a name at the NCAA Track & Field Championship

June 10
14:36 2013

Audra Stamp / Staff Writer

Over the weekend, three UNT track and field athletes competed at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. Some broke school records, while others had hoped they had finished better.

Junior high jumper Shahaf Bareni broke her own record this weekend and senior distance runner Josephine Adams and senior hurdler Steven White both ended their collegiate careers and hope they can continue to compete after college.

“I think with these athletes they set the standard for me and the rest of our athletes on our team,” head coach Carl Sheffield said. “I think it just renews the competitiveness.”

First up on Thursday evening was Adams, who competed in the 1,500-meter run, an event she had broken her own record in many times this year. Prior to the championships, Adams set a new school record at the NCAA West Prelims, but when Thursday night came she failed to qualify for the final heat finishing 16th with a time of 4:20.52 minutes.

“I should have relaxed more, I feel like I put myself under a lot of pressure,” Adams said. “At that level of competition you can’t let the group get a meter on you or they’re gone, and I did that.”

On Friday, White finished third in the 400-meter hurdles, the event he failed to make the finals in during last year’s championship. Along with breaking his own record with a time of 19.32 seconds, White qualified for the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-American First Team.

“I’m stronger this year than I was last year and I worked on my race a lot,” Stevens said. “I was kind of hoping I had finished a little higher, but coming away with third was really cool.”

Finally on Saturday, Bareni competed in the high jump where she too broke her own record with a jump of 6 feet earning her a seventh place finish and an All-American selection.

“I’m trying to be focused on my approach and I have a mental image in my head when I jump,” Bareni said. “It feels nice to know I can do that.”

With two seniors leaving, some of the team will head to Des Monies, Iowa to compete in the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 19-23 and Adams will compete back home in the UK Trials later this year.

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