Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Two UNT athletes set school record at North Texas Classic
Records were set in the hammer throw and high jump.
DENTON Two Mean Green athletes shined their ways into the record books once again on Saturday as UNT hosted the North Texas Classic.
The UNT track and field team’s season has been highlighted by numerous school records set for various events. Junior thrower John Garrish broke his second record of the season in the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 183-07 feet, taking first place. Junior high jumper Shahaf Bereni broke her own women’s high jump school record with a leap of 5-11.50 feet, capturing first place honors as well.
“I didn’t expect that,” Bereni said. “I wasn’t too excited to jump this weekend, but coach told me to take it like practice and that’s what I did, but I am happy.”
With a field of only six women, Bereni’s teammate, senior Haley Thompson was the only one within distance of Bereni with a jump of 5-6 feet. Jump coach Derek Mackel advised Bereni to use this meet to work on the little things to make her arsenal even stronger.
“It’s only the middle of the season, so I just want to keep working hard and keep getting better, as well as keep improving the school record,” Bereni said.
Prior to the North Texas Classic, the UNT track and field team saw the competition rise. Sophomore hurdler Chasity Stewart, who took home first place honors in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles, knew the competition was not going to be as stout as it had been, but said that the experience was key.
“The competition wasn’t as heavy as it has been, which was amazing that we performed at the level we did with less competition,” Stewart said.
On the men’s side, junior hurdler Marcus Wooten captured a first place victory and a personal best with a time of 54.8 in the 400-meter hurdles. Distance runners Austin Yeager and Matt Russ both took first place in their events.
“It was a good meet for a confidence boost heading into the next couple weeks,” Wooten said. “It was great to have a home meet to have the crowd, friends and family come and support us, so it was a good feeling.”
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