Track & Field Prepared For C-USA Indoor Championships
Two-Day Championship Begins On Feb. 17
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DENTON - The North track and field teams will finish the 2018 indoor season at the Conference USA championships starting Saturday, Feb. 17 and concluding on Sunday, Feb. 18, in Birmingham, Alabama.
UAB and the Birmingham CrossPlex are hosting the event for the seventh-consecutive season.
"I want to see my athletes step up their competitive ability and perform on the Conference USA stage," head coach Carl Sheffield said. "Over half of our travel roster will be freshmen and sophomores. This is one of the most competitive track and field competitions that they will face so far. We are relying of our upperclassmen to lead the charge for the youngsters."
North Texas will start with the men's high jump on Saturday as junior Jourden Taylor will participate. Taylor's season-best jump is 1.92 meters. Other field events to compete on day one will be men's pole vault, men's and women's weight throw, men's and women's long jump. Senior Dominique Drayden will compete in his last indoor meet in the long and triple jump.
In the running events, the Mean Green will be hoping to qualify for multiple finals. Junior Susannah Lynch enters with the second fastest time in the mile and will run in the preliminaries on day one. Senior Victoria Junious and junior Baylee Nelson will take part in the 800-meter run. Graduate student Jaron Thomas enters with a season-best time of 8.09 in the 60-meter hurdles. Thomas has the potential to run in the 60m hurdles final on Sunday.
"With such a young team, they have all made steady improvements throughout the season," said Sheffield. "We have competed on different types of tracks from flat and banked. So every time it takes additional adjustments to racing on the oval. I think Jaron Thomas (60m Hurdles) and Victoria Junious (800m) are primed for good performances this weekend."
North Texas has 22 men's student-athletes competing and 22 women's participating in the Championship meet. It will take a team effort to finish inside the top half but the Mean Green are excited for their opportunity.
"This why we spend so much time in the fall honing our skills," Sheffield said. "The early competitions are to learn how to compete. Now is the time to put the hard work, effort and preparation together for an onslaught of the competition. This is an opportunity for individuals to compete as team for a team goal. Put as many people in the finals on Sunday afternoon and let them count up the points for a team total."