Texas’ Destinee Hooker Sets Meet Record in the High Jump at Houston

Courtesy: Texas Sports Information

January 17, 2009   

HOUSTON – The No. 12 University of Texas women’s track and field team posted a second-place finish with 101 points at the Leonard Hilton Memorial meet, Jan. 16, behind first-place efforts from juniors Jordyn Brown, Destinee Hooker and senior Alexandria Anderson.

Junior Destinee Hooker, competing in her first meet since the 2007 campaign, became the first Longhorn of the season to automatically qualify for nationals after setting a Leonard Hilton meet record in the high jump with a mark of 6-3.25 (1.91m). Hooker, a two-time NCAA outdoor high-jump champion, took the 2008 season off to train with the USA Volleyball team prior to the 2008 Olympics.

Senior All-American Alexandria Anderson led a Texas-dominated 60-meter dash final, taking first in an NCAA-provisional time of 7.39. Freshman LaKeidra Stewart crossed the line one second after Anderson for second (7.49), while fellow newcomer Stacey-Ann Smith clocked a 7.62 for seventh place.

Junior thrower Jordyn Brown (Mesquite, Texas) posted an NCAA-provisional mark in the shot put, throwing for 52-8.75 (16.07m), clearing the NCAA mark by just under three feet to take first place in the event. Brown also recorded a career-best mark in the weight throw, tossing 57-6.25 (17.53m).

Freshman Amanda Van Dyke and Okwukwe Okolie also placed in the shot put, finishing fourth and eighth with throws of 46-1.50 (14.06m) and 43-0-.5 (13.21m), respectively.

In the long jump, sophomore Chantel Malone placed fourth with a career-best indoor jump of 19-4.75 (5.91m).

Freshman Jessica Doyle, a two-time Texas UIL pole vault state champion, cleared 11-3.75 (3.45m) to tie for fourth in the event.

Also competing in her first meet as a Longhorn, freshman Angele Cooper from Signal Hill, Calif., recorded a career-best time of 59.47 in the 400-meter for fifth place.

Distance runners Mia Behm and Larkin Geyer each recorded career-best times in the mile to finish seventh and eighth. Behm, a newcomer out of Tyler, Texas, clocked a 5:05.96 while junior Geyer came in just under two seconds later at 5:07.03.

Fellow distance runner Lauren Salisbury finished seventh in the 800 crossing the line in 2:20.23, while the distance medley relay squad took fourth with a time of 12:25.68.

The Longhorns 4×400-meter relay `b’ squad of freshmen Alexandria Pegram, LaKeidra Stewart, Angele Cooper and sophomore Chantel Malone closed out the meet, taking second in the event in 3:51.17.

Rice won the team title with 117 points followed by the Longhorns, host Houston (63), UAB (50) and Sam Houston State (50).

Texas returns to the track at the Texas A&M Showdown in College Station on Saturday, Jan. 31.

POST-MEET QUOTES
Head Coach Beverly Kearney
On the team’s overall performance: I think we did a decent job for the start. We found out where our weaknesses are and where our strengths are. We know where we are right now and what we have to do to get where we want to go and to me that was the most important thing. We have some people doing some great things and then some people realizing they need to step up their game to get better.

On the performance of Jordyn Brown: I think Jordyn is starting to show the leadership we need from the upperclassmen group that is going to really carry the team to greater levels. I think the freshmen are going to do a great job, but if the upperclassman don’t come through then it will make a huge difference in our outcome.

On the sprinters: The sprint team has to carry the bulk of the points. Although we have a well-rounded team, there is more depth in the sprints so we are definitely counting on them to really help se the foundation for the team.