The 2014-15 Track and Field Season Begins Friday
North Texas Will Compete at A&M and OU This Weekend
DENTON-Friday,Jan. 16 marks the beginning of Mean Green track and field team's 2014-15 season.
North Texas will compete at the Texas A&M Team Challenge in College Station, TX.
The Mean Green will also compete the following day, Saturday, Jan. 17th, at the J.D. Invitational in Norman, Oklahoma.
"This weekend will be a chance to see where our athletes are after returning from winter break," said head track and field coach Carl Sheffield.
After North Texas cross-country's most successful season in recent program history, the track and field program is ready to take on the 2015 season. "We have a slightly deeper team, this year," said Sheffield. "We will try not to over race our athletes and put them in a position to compete at a very high level each week, more consistently."
The Mean Green track and field team has added freshmen to the team that, along with returners, will be able to make an immediate impact.
"Zach Kirkland is a freshman to watch," said distance coach Stefanie Slekis. "After being our 9th man in cross country he is going to make an immediate impact in Conference USA on the track racing the 800m, Mile, 3000m and Distance Medley Relay throughout the season."
Coach Sheffield also believes that Flower Mound High School grad Elizabeth Osondu will be able to contribute right away.
"We will finally be able to look for strong contributions from our seniors in their event areas," said Sheffield. "NCAA qualifiers Chastity Stewart and Shahaf Bareni will return in the hurdles and high jump, respectively. We will depend on the leadership of seniors Alejandro Valencia and Deja McKnight."
"This year's schedule is one of the most comprehensive, challenging schedules we have had since my return as head coach," said Sheffield. "Competing at Texas A&M, Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas will provide the right amount of team and event-specific competitions to prepare our athletes for Conference USA championships as well as national championships."
Coach Slekis says that part of the team's success includes increasing podium finishes. "Outdoor we had two individuals on the podium, Troy Taylor (1500m), and Alejandro Valencia (3000m Steeplechase). We want to build off that and podium in each distance event. "
"As always, our goals are to put ourselves in a place to compete for a Conference USA championship. Short term is to improve individual to improve on last years team finishes."
North Texas track begins their indoor season Friday, Jan. 16 at the Texas A&M Team Challenge. To see the rest of the 2014-2015 schedule, click here.