Track & Field Opens Indoor Season At Aggie Team Invitational
The One Day Meet Starts Friday Jan. 15 In College Station
The North Texas track and field team begins its Indoor season with the Aggie Team Invite. Friday (photo by David Pyke)
DENTON – The North Texas track and field team will suit up for the first time this season at the Aggie Team Invitational Friday, Jan. 15 with finals starting at 1:30 p.m. inside the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
Friday's Aggie Team Invitational will include Houston Baptist, Lamar, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Texas A&M, Prairie View A&M, Sam Houston State, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, Texas A&M - Kingsville, Texas Southern, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, UT-Arlington and UT-Rio Grande Valley.
“We hope to see continued improvement from last year’s results,” head coach Carl Sheffield said. “We return 14 upperclassmen on the men’s team as well as 12 on the women’s team. This should aid us in leading a talented group of freshmen and sophomores.”
The meet will start with the men’s High Jump competition and the women’s preliminaries in the 60 meter dash. The last event of the meet will be the men’s and women’s 5000 meters distance race.
The Mean Green will be sending 20 men’s student-athletes and 22 women’s student-athletes to the first indoor meet of the season. In the sprint events, junior Collin Heard returns after a solid sophomore season earning a trip to the NCAA West Preliminaries. Also returning are senior Kedron Sowells, pole vaulter Derek Richard and high jumper Eddie Wilcox on the men’s side.
“Kedron Sowells and Collin Heard were both finalists in tough C-USA sprint events last season,” said Sheffield. “Silvester Harrison and Bryce McAndrew have had proven success in the distances. Derek Richard has also been a finalist in each of his C-USA championships.”
The women’s team welcomes back graduate student Nadiyah El-Amin and Mona Landry in the sprint events. Senior Susie Kemper and junior Shauna Pali will be counted on in the distances events. The squad is also hoping for contributions from the newcomers and freshman this season.
“Our women will have strong performances from Nadiyah El-Amin, who redshirted last year due to injury, in the sprint events,” said Sheffield. “Along with Mona Landry who will also double in the long jump. Susie Kemper and Shauna Pali will anchor our distances runners this winter, while Tori Clark and Ngozi Nweke will return for their senior seasons in the throwing events.”
The indoor season will have five meets before the Conference USA Indoor Championships held in Birmingham, Ala. from Feb. 24 through Feb. 25. The NCAA Indoor Championships is also held in Birmingham, Ala. starting on March 11.
“We really feel like we can be a top three team on both sides this year,” added Sheffield. “With multiple men qualifiers returning, we have added some freshmen that should give us some depth on the men’s side. Our women should continue to make improvement from last year’s C-USA standings. We will probably be a much better team outdoors, as it may take our sophomores and freshmen some time to get used to the competition in C-USA.”