Track to Take on C-USA Championships in Birmingham

Senior Thrower Deja McKnight
Feb. 24, 2015

DENTON--The Mean Green track and field teams take on the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb 26-27 in Birmingham. Ala. This will be the last chance for North Texas to compete in the 2015 indoor season. The North Texas men's team placed eighth last year and the women's team finished ninth.

"We want to continue to climb in the team standings from last year. Its a very competitive conference compared to our strengths," said head coach Carl Sheffield. "It's always a challenge competing against high quality teams that will field multiple indoor NCAA qualifiers."

This season has seen a lot of success, and the North Texas men's and women's distance teams have had a lot of success, including an 800M record set by junior Troy Taylor. Taylor also placed first in the mile run on Feb. 13, along with Bryce McAndrew, who finished second.

Susie Kemper, who had a first-place 800M finish at the Houston Tune Up Feb. 13, and Magdalena Escobar, who placed second in the mile run in Houston, are sure to make a good showing for the North Texas distance team.

Women's thrower Deja McKnight also set a school record in the women's weight throw. Senior high jumper Shahaf Bareni has garnered first-place high jump finishes at the New Mexico Classic, Texas A&M and a second-place finish at Texas Tech.

"Susie Kemper, Troy Taylor, Deja McKnight, freshmen pole vaulters Gabe McAdams and Benji Brokenshire, and long jumper/sprinter Chastity Stewart are all at the top of the performance list in their respective events," Sheffield said.

"Our biggest challenge will be qualifying enough athletes to Thursday afternoon's finals. We don't have a chance if we don't have enough athletes competing on Thursday when they finalize the team scoring," Sheffield said.

After conference, North Texas will shift focus to the outdoor season, which begins with the TCU Invitational on March 20. We will need to recover, rehab and regenerate some of our top athletes. The cold, North Texas weather has not been advantageous to our training and their bodies," Sheffield said. "We want to get healthy and get ready for the outdoor campaign. We have some outstanding outdoor competitions coming up."



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