Carter Posts Her Fastest 200m Ever at West Regional

May 29, 2005

Eugene, OR -

The wind worked against junior Antonette Carter in every way possible.In the prelims of the women's 200m, the sprinter suffered a headwind of 2.2 m/sfor a relatively slow clocking of 23.80. During the finals today Carter wasaided by a tailwind of 2.3 m/s, just over the legal limit of 2.0 m/s, and ranher fastest time ever. Coming off the turn Carter was in fifth place withHenderson out in front already commanding an obvious lead. Down the stretch,Carter stormed down the field and climbed all the way to second, closing oneveryone except Hednerson. Carter's old personal best and school record of 23.26would have been broken by the 23.12 she ran today. The time would also have beenthe ninth best mark in the nation this year. Carter was second only to MoniqueHenderson of UCLA who won in 22.72.

The day ended with the women's team in sixth place with 52 points. Pac-10champ Stanford won with 110.50 points. The men meanwhile, were able to score anadditional 10.50 points in the second day to finish seventh. USC was first with103 points.

In the women's 800m freshman Alysia Johnson beat out her lifetime bestset only two weeks ago at the Pac-10 championships. The freshman's old mark of2:05.94 was broken with a time of 2:04.82 for fourth place and a trip toSacramento. The time makes Johnson the fourth fastest 800m runner in Calhistory. Senior Chloe Jarvis, meanwhile; finished sixth in 2:07.03. Thesenior was poised to shift gears and run for the lead with 120m to go. Insteadshe faded from from second to sixth missing the last NCAA qualifying spot.Jarvis will still be at Sacramento due to her placement on the nationalascending order list. The event was won by Aneta Laemiesz of BYU in 2:03.90.

Dropping the 100mH to concentrate on the 400mH paid off for junior Osarhiemen Omwanghe. The junior ran just off her seasonal best of 60.04 inthe event to clock 60.12 and claim fourth place. Christine Spence of UNLV hadthe fastest time of the day at 58.30.

The women's 4x100m ran their fastest time of the season to finish third. Theteam of Omwanghe, Johnson, Hawes and Carter clocked 44.63 to beat out theirearlier season best of 44.68 set in the finals at the Pac-10 championships. Theteam finished only behind USC and ASU who clocked 44.03 and 44.57, respectively.

The 4x400m women's relay fared excellently as well. The same breakthroughteam that ran 3:37.62 at the Pac-10 championships of Schmucker, Johnson, Hawesand Jarvis ran 3:38.85 for third and a ticket to the national championships.Stanford won at 3:34.72.

Freshman Cassandra Strickland matched her seasonal best in the women'striple jump. Strickland opened up with what would be her best jump of the day at41-7 to put her in third after the first round where she would finish.Strickland was only behind Pac-10 champ Erica McLain of Stanford and KamilaRywelska of BYU who won the event on her very last jump of 42-10.75.

The points were hard to come by on the men's side. Freshman 800m runner Alex McClary, in only his fourth trip under 1:50.00, came in eighth with atime of 1:49.68. Pac-10 champ Ryan Brown of Washington was the event winner at1:48.20 where Raphael Asafo-Agyei of USC was the last national qualifier at1:48.92.

Freshman Thomas Mack was seventh in the 110mH at 14.44. Jeff Hunter ofArizona was fifth at 14.25. Mack's lifetime best stands at 14.12 and would haveearned him a berth to nationals.

Despite their fastest time this season, the men's 4x100m relay finished sixthwith a time of 40.53. Washington had the last team to qualify for nationals at39.66.

Senior Scott Sobieralski suffered heartbreak in the men's pole vault.The decathlete beat his lifetime best at 16-7.25 to tie Kevin Opalka of Arizonafor fifth place. The two athletes had identical progressions with each onlymissing once at 16-7.25. In the jump-off that ensued Opalka immediately clearedthe bar at 16-6.75, while Sobieralski fouled out, forcing him to rely on themercy of the ascending order list for a trip to nationals.

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