Women's Track Crowns Three Champions at WAC Outdoor Championships
May 18, 2002
Houston, Texas - The University of Tulsa women's track team showed why it is an up and coming squad, by winning three individual crowns at the 2002 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, in Houston, Texas.
Sophmore sprinter Shana Robinson won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.67. She also ran the first leg on the 4x100-meter relay team which finished fourth with a time of 45.76. Robinson also qualified for the finals of the 200-meter dash with the third fastest time with a school record time of 23.74. However, the Tulsa native was unable to finish the race.
Junior Monica Joannes completed her sweep of the 800-meter run by winning her fourth meet of the season. Her time of 2:06.72 is less than a second over her own school record time of 2:05.96 set earlier this season. Joannes also turned in the top qualifing time in the prelims with a mark of 2:09.96.
The women's 4x400-meter relay team was the third and final jewel of TU's triple crown. The team of freshmen Paula Richardson and Alisha Burnett, along with juniors Jamese James and Joannes set a new school record with its winning time of 3:35.55. The team shaved over two seconds off its prelim time of 3:37.86, which was the top qualifing time as well.
James, a graduate of Union High School in Tulsa, finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.82. Senior Charlotte Sanderson also finished second, in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 36:40.32. Fellow senior Mary John-Williams finished third in the triple jump with a leap of 12.04m (39-6), breaking her own school record by nearly a foot.
On the men's side, freshmen Josh Childs finished third in the 400-meter dash in a time of 47.93. Junior Branon Vaughan finished third in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 52.16, just 16-hundredths off a school record. Fellow junior Andy Norman also finished, in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 31:35.89.
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