Track & Field To Participate In Texas A&M Team Invitational
Mean Green Will Compete With 12 Teams At Texas A&M Indoor Meet
DENTON – The North Texas track and field team will be sending its entire squad to the 2017 Texas A&M Team invitational held on Friday, Jan. 13 at the Gilliam Indoor track & field stadium.
The meet will begin at noon with the men’s high jump and women’s pole vault. The event will conclude with the men’s and women’s 5,000 meter run.
"This is a great opportunity to see how we can compete for points in a head-to-head matchup," head coach Carl Sheffield. "It's all about how our teams can come together to beat as many teams as possible. I like the format of head-to-head team competition. It's great for our sport and Texas A&M's facility is great for this type of effort."
North Texas will be competing with 12 teams, including Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Louisiana Tech, Prairie View A&M, Sam Houston, Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Texas Southern, Lafayette and Louisiana Monore.
Senior Dominique Drayden earned Conference USA Field Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Purple Tiger Invitational last week. Drayden took home first place in the men’s triple jump with a personal best mark at 14.86 meters.
Freshman Howard Grant made his debut for the Mean Green and finished first in the men’s long jump at 7.27 meters. Junior Kevone Kennedy earned second place in the men’s weight throw with a personal best throw of 17.32 meters. Senior sprinter Jamison Justice finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.41.
The women’s team came away with a bunch of top-10 finishes last week with junior Chelsea Classo’s third place mark in the triple jump (11.76 meters) leading the way. Freshman Breanna Eckels finishes fourth in the triple jump at 11.75 meters in his first collegiate meet. Classmate Tori Valka came in fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:24.40.
The indoor season has four meets left 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.
"Our goal is to place as many of our athletes in the top-8 positions as possible," Sheffield added. "We can't control other teams finishes. We want to be competitive in every event we enter. It's still early in the season and we are still identifying the events to enter our best athletes for a Conference USA championship opportunity. We should be very competitive in this team competition."