Track & Field Looking To Shine At Sun Belt Indoor Championships

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DENTON, Texas (2/24/10) - The North Texas track & field squad will look to culminate their indoor season with a conference championship this weekend at the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

"This weekend is what collegiate track & field is all about," North Texas head coach Rick Watkins said. "This is an opportunity to put it all on the line and to compete for a championship, both in individual events and as a team. That is what we are focused on. We are excited about this opportunity."

The Mean Green enter this weekend with four of the top times/marks in the conference and 13 in the top three. Perhaps the strongest area of the team is the women's sprints, where Missy Barnes (6.93), Brittani Simmons (7.03) and Brittany Blaylock (7.07) hold the top three times in the 55-meter dash.

Barnes is coming off a spectacular run at the Sooner Open where she finished third in the 60-meter dash in a school record-breaking time of 7.45.

Not to be overlooked is junior hurdler Alysha Adams, who missed last year's Indoor Championships due to illness and will be looking for a little revenge this weekend. Adams has the third best time in the 55-meter hurdles this season (7.95).

The women's field events will be anchored by senior long jumper Ashley Austin, junior jumper Kelli Johnson and freshman high jumper Suzy Prikryl.

On the men's side the sprints will be led as usual by sophomore Keyth Talley. Last season's Sun Belt Indoor Freshman of the Year currently holds the top times in the conference in both the 55-meter dash (6.23) and 200-meter dash (21.27).

North Texas also has one of the top multi-athletes in the conference in junior Jordan Wehr. Earlier this season he set a new Sun Belt record by accumulating 5318 points, more than 500 points better than the next competitor in the conference. He will likely be joined in the field events by freshmen Lonnie Bacon (triple jump) and Eron Phillips (high jump/long jump).

 The Mean Green also possesses a lot of depth in the long distance events, including Ingrid Mollenkopf and Sara Dietz for the women and Patrick Strong and Matt Russ for the men.

"We have a lot of athletes in all three areas (field events, sprints, distance) that are performing very well right now so I feel very good about where we are headed into this championship," Watkins said. "It will take contributions from everybody if we are going to be in the mix."

This weekend's action will kickoff at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning beginning with the women's 55-meter hurdles pentathlon. To keep up with the Mean Green all weekend make sure to click here for the latest results.



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