Track And Field To Open Indoor Season At Texas Tech Invite

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DENTON, Texas (1/18/08) The North Texas track and field team will begin its 2008 indoor season this weekend in Lubbock, Texas at the Texas Tech Invitational.


The Mean Green women’s track and field team will head into the 2008 season looking to continue its dominance as one of the top track programs in the Sun Belt conference. For the sixth consecutive year, the Mean Green women finished amongst the top three schools at the 2007 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships and will return seven of the team’s ten region qualifiers from last season. Brandi Stanfield returns looking to continue her reign as Sun Belt’s top triple jumper.


Stanfield, a junior from Austin, has won the last two conference indoor titles in the triple jump, and picked up her first career outdoor conference title last season. After just two years at North Texas, Stanfield owns four of the school’s top five performances in the triple jump and two of the top five in the long jump.  Another North Texas standout returning for her junior season is Lauren Wiggins. Wiggins earned outdoor all-conference honors in the 100-meter hurdles and qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regionals finishing 13th out of 19 competitors. Her time of 13.68 at the SBC Outdoor Championships set the school record in the 100 hurdles.


Looking to improve on a fifth place finish at both the indoor and outdoor Sun Belt Championships, the Mean Green men’s track team will to its underclassmen to help build a foundation for the future. Half of the 36-man roster will consist of freshmen for the Mean Green men’s track team heading into the 2008 season. Freshmen Darnell Greig and Reggie McCarther will both compete in the sprint events for the Mean Green. Greig represented Trinidad & Tobago at the Kansas Relays and the Carifta Games in Bermuda last year, while McCarther was a member of the TAAPS 4A State Champion 4x100 relay at Trinity Christian Academy in Cedar Hill.


North Texas will look to Reginald Hayter and Montrel Pyron to make an immediate impact in the middle distance events. Hayter, a native of DeSoto, Texas, was the 5A RegionaI Champion in the 800 meters, and finished fifth at the UIL Class 5A State Championships. Pyron was the District 10-4A champion in the 400-meter dash. Jermaine Jamison, a two-time state qualifier in the high jump, will also join 15 other freshmen as a member of the Mean Green track team.



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