Track Heads to the John Jacobs Invite
A Staple on North Texas's Schedule, Mean Green to Face Tough Competition at OU
DENTON--While distance runs in California, the rest of the Mean Green track and field team is headed to OU for the John Jacobs Invitational.
The John Jacobs Invite is a staple in North Texas's outdoor track and field schedules. This is one of only three meets left in the Mean Green's schedule before they compete in the C-USA Outdoor Championships mid-May.
"This year's competition gives us a chance to try different people in some different events," said head coach Carl Sheffield. "We are still trying to find the best combination of athletes and events in preparation for the conference championships."
While the distance team runs against elite teams in California, with a busy competition schedule at the Mt. SAC Relays and the Bryan Clay Invitational, the rest of the North Texas team will also face some serious competition at OU.
"Oklahoma from the Big XII, Alabama from the SEC, and Wichita State from the Missouri Valley are all top teams in their conferences. They will all be big challenges for our squad this weekend," Sheffield said.
At last year's John Jacobs Invite, the North Texas women's 4X100 meter relay took first place. Mona Landry also finished first in the women's long jump. Collin Heard and Kedron Sowells finished second and third, respectively, in the 100m dash with times of 10.65 and 10.78.
This outdoor season has featured a packed schedule. While the Mean Green have been competing every week for the past five weeks, and will continue to compete in two additional back-to-back meets after OU, North Texas has seen a lot of PRs and podium finishes from both runners and field athletes.
"We are finally rounding into shape from training with better weather," said Sheffield. "We should be at full strength by the time we get to El Paso for the conference championships."
Results for the John Jacobs Invitational will be available at cfptiming.com.