Track & Field Set For Houston Indoor Invitational This Weekend
Mean Green Will Take Part In The Two Day Meet Jan. 29-30
Dominique Drayden will take part in the 60 meter dash and the long jump at the Houston Indoor Invitational.
DENTON -- The North Texas track and field team stays in-state to participate in the Houston Indoor Invitational this weekend starting Friday, Jan. 29 and ends Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Yeoman Fieldhouse.
“We have always run fast at Houston,” head coach Carl Sheffield said. “Lots of teams will be there so where last week was a team emphasis, this week our goal will be to improve personal marks. After three meets the conference performance list will start to round into some predictable state. We want to see how we stack up against athletes and teams we will be competing against in a month in Birmingham.”
The Houston Invitational is scheduled to include 19 collegiate programs as well as many professional teams and individuals. The collegiate competitors will feature Abilene Christian, Grambling, Florida International, Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Lamer, New Mexico State, Houston (host), Prairie View A&M, Rice, Sam Houston State, SMU, SFA, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas Southern, Texas State, Texas-Arlington and UT-Rio Grande Valley.
Junior Collin Heard will be competing this weekend coming off his first indoor title in the 200 meters with a time of 21.87. Heard is set to compete in the 60 meter dash and is a part of the 4x400 meter relay team. Senior Connor Bey took second in the 400m at the Kansas State Invitational last weekend with a time of 50.48. Bey will run the 200m and is a part of the 4x400 relay team.
Senior Eddie Wilcox finished second in the high jump and is looking to beat his season best of 2.11 meters set at the Texas A&M Invitational. Wilcox is currently third in the Conference USA in the high jump event.
Freshman Michael Johnson has contributed early with a fourth place finish in the 1000m last weekend and has finished in the top-10 in every event he has run. This week, Johnson will run the mile for the first time and take part in the 4x400 meter relay on the “B” team.
The women’s team has gotten off to a great start in indoors thanks to multiple contributors, including senior Nadiyah El-Amin who had two second place finishes at the Kansas State Invitational last weekend. El-Amin took second in the 60 meters dash (7.62) and the 200m (25:08).
Senior Tori Clark finished in the top-5 in both the shot put (fourth) and the weight throw (fourth) at the Kansas State Invitational. Classmate Ngozi Nweke was second in the weight throw at Kansas State throwing 16.89 meters.
Junior Shauna Pali started her indoor season with a first place finish in the mile (5:04.13) at Texas A&M and finished third in the 1000m (2:58.99) at Kansas State.
“The quality of our training sessions are starting to reflect our conditioning,” added Sheffield. “Technical emphasis has become more apparent in daily sessions. Working on limiting or improving injuries is paramount right now. We only have about three more weeks to prepare for the Championships. So, getting healthy and racing fast are important over the next two weeks.”