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Hanna first in nation to qualify; others make big showing in Waco

March 25, 1997

By Meghan Crona

Lariat Sports Reporter

The Baylor track and field team had an exceptional showing Saturday at the Dr Pepper Invitational Track and Field meet.

Kurt Hanna, an Iran senior, was one of the highlights of the meet. Hanna cleared 18-1 1/2 feet in the pole vault, giving him an automatic qualification for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He is the first vaulter in the country to qualify for the championships.

The men's mile relay team won the event finishing with an NCAA provisional time of 3:05.38, while senior Brian Keim won the 5,000m with a season-best time of 14:23.00.

On the girls side, Brandi Harris, a Wills Point sophomore, stole the show with her performance. She set PRs in the long jump, triple jump and the 100m dash. Her long jump earned her a NCAA provisional mark and a first place finish.

There were other outstanding performances on the women's side. Yulanda Nelson, a Beaumont sophomore, ran a NCAA provisional time in the 200m and finished second in the long jump. Stacey Bowers, a Marlin sophomore, also earned a NCAA provisional mark in the triple jump after winning the event with a jump of 42-6 1/4.

The Bears had three girls finished three girls in the top four in the 400m. Melissia Roland, a Waco senior, Jennifer Jordan, a Jefferson junior, and Alayah Cooper, a Fort Worth sophomore, finished 2, 3, 4 in the event. Jill Chertubi, a Waco senior, won the 800m with a season best time of 2:09.29.

Both of the women's relay teams placed one and two in their races. The women's mile team took first, finishing with a season best time of 3:39.82. The 4x100 relay team finished second with a time of 44.88, another season-best time for the Bears.

The Bears next meet is March 29 in Tucson, Ariz., when Bears compete in the Jim Click Wildcat Shootout.

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