"These ladies did a phenomenal job this week of putting together the type of meet we knew it would take to win the (NCAA) Championship," said Kearney, the 2006 NCAA South Central Region Coach of the Year. "They just refused to lose. They had the faith, heart and desire to get this done, and I couldn't be more proud of them."
Junior Marshevet Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) added her first NCAA 60-meter title Saturday to the long jump title she captured on Friday. Hooker clocked a personal-best time of 7.197, edging UNLV's Ashley Owens by three one-thousandths of a second. Hooker ended the two-day meet with 25 points after securing two NCAA individual titles and a fourth-place finish in Friday's 200-meter dash.
Junior Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) collected her first NCAA shot put title, winning the event with a personal-best toss of 60-10.75 (18.56m). She topped her own UT record mark of 58-7.25 set exactly one year ago at the 2005 NCAA Championships. She becomes Texas' first NCAA indoor shot put champion since 1994, when former Longhorn great Eileen Vanisi captured the title.
Texas' 4X400-meter relay squad added six points to the Longhorns' tally by placing third in the event. Senior Sheretta Jones (Houston, Texas) opened the relay before handing off to freshman Alexandria Anderson (Chicago, Ill.), who gave way to senior LaTashia Kerr (Houston, Texas). Senior Melaine Walker (Kingston, Jamaica) anchored the relay to a final time of 3:30.76, providing the finishing touches on Texas' NCAA title victory.
Texas Men's Track and Field Takes Fourth Place at NCAA Indoor Championships
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Texas men's track and field squad vaulted up the standings on the second and final day of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, moving from 14th place to finish in fourth place Saturday at the University of Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track Center. Texas finished with 35 points, marking its highest point total at the NCAA Indoors. The fourth-place showing matches the program's top finish in school history, as UT also placed fourth in 2004 with 31 points.
Junior Donovan Kilmartin (Eagle, Idaho) won his second NCAA heptathlon title with a final score of 6,048 points. Kilmartin posted personal bests in two of the heptathlon's final three events – the 60-meter hurdles (8.09) and the pole vault (17-4.50) en route to the victory.
Teammate Trey Hardee led the heptathlon after the fourth event, the 60-meter hurdles, but was forced to withdraw with two events remaining due to an injury.
Hardee clocked a personal-best time of 7.76 in the 60-meter hurdles but suffered an injury upon completion of the event while landing awkwardly at the padding placed at the end of the sprint runway. Due to student-athlete privacy issues, this is all of the information permissible to release on this injury.
Student-athletes competing on the 60-meter sprint track at the University of Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track Center decelerate after crossing the finish line by running up an incline and into a padded wall to eliminate their momentum. Hardee landed improperly after coming in contact with the wall and sustained an injury.
Hardee entered the heptathlon's second day with 3,535 points and was on pace to break his NCAA heptathlon record of 6,208 points set at the New Mexico Multi-Events Meet in January. His time of 7.76 in the 60-meter hurdles gave him 1,043 points, leaving his heptathlon score at 4,578 points.
Junior Andra Manson tied for second in the high jump by clearing 7-5, adding seven points to the Longhorns' tally. UT collected nine points in the 60 meters from freshman Jamaal Charles (Port Arthur, Texas) and senior Trey Griffin (Lockhart, Texas). Charles took fourth place in 6.67, while Griffin took fifth in 6.69.
Sophomore Leonel Manzano (Marble Falls, Texas) added a seventh-place finish and two points to the Texas tally by completing the mile in 4:15.74.
Texas begins its outdoor season next Saturday, March 18 in Miami, Fla.