Mean Green Track & Field Head To C-USA Indoor Championships
Two-Day Event Starts On Saturday, Feb. 18
DENTON – The North Texas track and field teams will travel to Birmingham, Alabama to compete in the 2017 Conference USA indoor championships starting on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Birmingham CrossPlex track.
The championship will begin at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday with the combined events, beginning with both the heptathlon and pentathlon. Jumps and throws will commence at 2 p.m. with running event preliminaries and finals starting at 4 p.m.
The North Texas men’s team finished fourth last season and the women came in 10th.
“Feelings are very positive,” head coach Carl Sheffield said. “We are rested and excited about the opportunity. It's difficult to explain to the young freshmen the high intensity of such a competition, but we have done our best.”
The men’s team has a lot of top performers this season in junior Lafiel Smith, senior Jamison Justice, freshman Florian Lussy, classmate CJ Gilmore, Gabriel McAdams.
“On the men's side, Lafiel Smith may add to the men's team total in the 60m hurdles,” Sheffield said. Jamison Justice has an outside chance of scoring in the 400m. Florian Lussy should also do well in the 5000 meter run. Gabriel McAdams will compete strongly in the pole vault.”
On the women’s side, Breanna Eckels, Jazmine Martin, Susannah Lynch and Blake Skoog each have a chance to finish on the podium (top three).
“To finish on the podium is quite an accomplishment for our young team,” added Sheffield. “Our goal is to score as many team points as possible to improve our overall team chances. Athletes that have a good shot at scoring on the women's side would be freshman, Breanna Eckels in the Long jump, Senior Jazmine Martin, in the triple jump, junior Susannah Lynch in the 5000m, and Blake Skoog in the pole vault.”
The 2016 C-USA Indoor Track & Field Championship team was WKU with a score of 135, while the women's team champion was UTEP, which notched 120 points to clinch the title crown. Both programs repeated their 2015 titles.
“It is one of the most exciting track & field events in their career,” Sheffield said. “Competing for a Conference USA team title is what we have been preparing for since September. This championship could start a new era in North Texas track & field. Some of the best athletes in the nation will be competing on this track this weekend for a championship. Leave your best mark on the track.”