DENTON, Texas (4/10/08) The North Texas track and field team will host its first of four home meets on Friday with the North Texas Classic. The field events will kick off the one-day meet at 2 p.m. at Fouts Field. The running events are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
"We're really looking forward to running on our home track," said head track and field coach Rick Watkins. "This year, we're fortunate enough to be hosting four meets so our athletes don't have to worry about being worn out from traveling. They're able to give 100 percent in every event they compete in."
ULM, Texas State, SMU and Oklahoma Baptist will all be in attendance during the Mean Green’s first home outdoor meet. The Texas State women finished third at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships earlier in the year, while Oklahoma Baptist is the reigning 2007 NAIA Outdoor Champions. North Texas posted eight first place finishes and two regional qualifying marks during last season’s NT Classic.
Just three weeks into the outdoor season, several North Texas track athletes are beginning to gain national attention in their respective events. The Mean Green is nationally ranked amongst the top 26 in four separate events. The Mean Green men led the way for North Texas ranked No. 13 nationally in the 4X400 relay with a time of 3:08.95. The quartet of Darnell Greig, Ryan Varner, Montrell Pyron and Kelvin Wright are one of only two relay teams ranked in top 15 that don’t represent a ranked university. The women’s 4X400 relay, high jumper Jermaine Jamison and triple jumper Brandi Stanfield also represent North Texas in their events
The North Texas track and field team will be compete in the friendly confines of Fouts Field four times in the next six weeks, including the 2008 Outdoor Sun Belt Conference Championships. Admission to the North Texas Classic is free.