Kearney notes improvement in freshmen

Julie Thompson

After splitting their team to take part in two different meets in different states, the Longhorns posted a combined 10 personal bests at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and the Houston Invitational & Multi’s this weekend.

Senior Chantel Malone completed the second-best long jump in Texas indoor history in Arkansas on Friday night with a mark of 6.65 meters.

Malone finished in first place and automatically qualified for the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships, which takes place in March.

“She stayed focused and kept improving to where she executed everything on time,” said Texas head coach Beverly Kearney. “That takes a lot of maturity, and we’re excited about what she can do this season.”

In the high jump, freshman Shanay Briscoe finished third with a personal best of 1.8 meters while Victoria Lucas finished fifth with 1.75 meters.
In Fayetteville on Saturday, junior Angele Cooper ran the season’s second-fastest 400-meter time countrywide at 52.69 seconds.

“When you look at Texas now, you see a complete team,” Kearney said.

In Houston, Amanda Van Dyke and IJ Ubabuike both posted personal bests in the shot put, and Jennifer Swan finished first in the 5,000-meter run.