With the most successful indoor season in school history in the books, the North Texas track and field team has every reason to believe the outdoor season will be just as special.
"I think everyone is really looking forward to the outdoor season after we were so productive in the indoors," said head coach Rick Watkins. "I think all the athletes will be looking to build off the momentum that we started."
The Mean Green kicks off the outdoor season on Saturday at the Baylor Dr. Pepper Invitational in Waco, Texas, with ambitions of bringing home the program's first-ever conference sweep. The Mean Green women's track team won the school's first indoor conference championship last month, and will look to repeat as outdoor champions.
The women are led by a flurry of all-conference performers and record-setting athletes.
Deidra Wesley toppled the school records in the pentathlon and the high jump and captured gold in both events at the Sun Belt Indoor Championships. The junior will look to qualify for her third consecutive trip to the NCAA Regional Meet this outdoor season.
Rhonda Williams took home top honors in the field events at the conference meet after a victory in the long jump on career best leap of 19-04.75. The senior earned Co-Women's Field Performer of the Year and finished fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.76, only eight-one hundredths of a second off the school record.
"I feel really good about where our women are heading into this outdoor season," Watkins said. "This team has a lot of talent and the leadership to bring home the title."