DENTON, Texas (3/27/08) - The North Texas track and field team will head west to Abilene, Texas, to compete in the Abilene Christian University Triangular on Friday.
The Mean Green will be joined by Baylor and host Abilene Christian. This will be the second meet for North Texas during its outdoor season.
The ACU men are coming off its third straight second place finish at NCAA Division II Indoor Championships. Baylor’s 4X400 team of Trey Harts, Marcus Boyd, Justin Boyd and LeJerald Betters recently won the NCAA Division I indoor title in the relay at NCAA Championships two weeks ago in Fayetteville, Ark.
“With two high quality track programs like ACU and Baylor, the level of competition will be very good,” said North Texas head track and field coach Rick Watkins. “Since it’s only the second outdoor meet of the season, it’s going to be a relaxed atmosphere, but we need to go in there with some intensity to record some top finishes.”
North Texas had two athletes regionally qualify at its first outdoor meet of the season last week in Fort Worth. Jermaine Jamison, a freshman from Killeen, Texas, regionally qualified and placed first in the high jump at the Horned Frog Invitational. Jamison cleared a personal best height of 6-10.75 on his third and final attempt to take home the gold. He earned Sun Belt Conference Male Field Athlete of the Week honors for his performance.
Brandi Stanfield qualified for the outdoor regionals for the third time in her career. The junior triple jumper from Austin posted a mark of 40-11.00, clearing the regional qualifying mark by a half-foot.
“It’s been a quite a while since we’ve run against Abilene Christian on their track,” Watkins said. “Abilene Christian and North Texas use to have a pretty good track rivalry back in the 50’s and 60’s, so I know a lot of alumni are excited about getting a chance to see the two schools run against each other again.”
The meet will begin Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Elmer Gray Stadium with the field events. The 3,000-meter run will kick off the running events at 4:30 p.m.