Track & Field Begins 2017 Indoor Season At LSU Meet
One-Day Event Starts On Jan. 8
DENTON – The North Texas track and field team will compete for the first time in 2017 at the Purple Tiger Invitational on Friday, Jan. 6 inside the Carl Maddox Field House.
The meet will start at 10:30 a.m. with the men’s weight throw. The final event will be the men’s 4x400-meter relay final at 5:25 p.m.
“Our men’s team has continued to work on their team chemistry in the off-season,” head coach Carl Sheffield said. “We return a strong level of upper-class leadership, which should help our overall depth. The women’s team is still growing and they have learned to improve their level of effort in training to carry over to the competitions we face in Conference USA.”
The Mean Green will be sending 16 men’s student-athletes and 15 women’s student-athletes to the first indoor meet of the season. In the sprint events, senior Collin Heard returns after earning a trip to the NCAA West Preliminaries coming close to reaching the NCAA finals. Other returners include pole vaulters Jordan Faughtenberry and Gabriel McAdams who both placed top-three at the outdoor C-USA championships last season. Junior thrower Kevone Kennedy is the defending C-USA outdoor discus champion and senior Dominique Drayden hopes to make an impact in the jump events.
“Collin Heard should make a bigger mark during indoors this year,” added Sheffield. “Dominique Drayden looks to improve in both jump events.”
The women’s team returns three pole vaulters from last season in sophomore Hannah Winn, junior Kristen Adair and sophomore Blake Skoog. Junior Chelsea Classo returns to compete in the triple jump with freshman newcomer Breanna Eckels.
“The women’s vault group has shown improvement during the fall,” Sheffield said. “Freshman sprinter/jumper, Breanna Eckels stands to make an impact this year.”
The indoor season will have six meets before the Conference USA Indoor Championships held in Birmingham, Ala. from Feb. 18 through Feb. 19. The NCAA Indoor Championships is held in College Station starting on March 10.
“We chose to go to LSU to start the season because our Conference indoor meet moved up a week earlier,” Sheffield said. “This meet gives a chance to see how we stack up against pretty good competition, early in the season. We had one of the best fall training seasons in a while. I am really excited to see how we compete against other teams.”