Athletes place in ‘last chance’ meets to advance

Julie Thompson

Freshman high jumper Shanay Briscoe automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships with a jump of 1.86 meters at the Arkansas Last Chance Meet this weekend. The fourth-ranked Longhorn women had divided between Arkansas and Notre Dame to participate in “last chance” meets — the women’s final opportunity to qualify for the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships. The jump was good enough to push her to 3rd in the country in the high jump, after coming into the meet 9th.

Three women had previously qualified for the national championships Senior Chantel Malone qualified for the long jump and junior Mia Behm in the 5,000 meter. Freshman Briana Nelson will compete in the 400-meter dash. Her qualifying time is a personal best of 52.18 seconds, third best in NCAA’s this season.

The Texas 4×400-meter relay team, comprised of Nelson, junior Stacey-Ann Smith, Malone and junior Kendra Chambers, had also already qualified for the NCAA Championships with a time of 3:32.89.

Other Longhorns performed well in Arkansas without qualifying for the NCAA finals Junior Victoria Lucas posted a personal-best high jump of 1.83 meters, which placed her in second at the meet.