Track Takes on Longhorn Invite
Two Weeks Before Conference, Track Takes on Last Competition of Season
DENTON--Saturday, May 2, Track competes in their last regular competition of the outdoor season.
Just two weeks before competing at the Conference USA Championships in El Paso, Texas, the Mean Green will runs their third event of the season at the University of Texas.
"We love competing in Austin," said head coach Carl Sheffield. "The venueand the attending teams always lend to quality competition. In anticipation for the Conference USA Championships, we are rounding into better condition."
Sheffield says that his biggest goal is to make it to conference without any injuries so that his team can compete their best. North Texas has had a successful season so far in many events.
"Our throwers have really been improving lately. The women sprinters are finally putting things together. Our men's middle distance runners will compete in events closer to the primary events this week. We are looking for a well-rounded effort from everyone, heading into our championship season," Sheffield said.
At last weekend's Bobcat Classic, Tori Clark placed first and broke the school record in the women' hammer throw. Her 55.14m throw was more than the previous record of 54.99, set by thrower Alana Tyler in 2009. Mona Landry also had a successful weekend, winning the women's long jump competition and finishing third in the 100-meter dash. Landry was also a part of the women's 4X100 meter relay team that placed first. The men's 4X400 meter relay team also won their event.
North Texas distance runners will also have one final chance to compete before conference. At the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California, Bryce McAndrew placed second overall with a PR of 3:46.35 in the men's 1500m, and Shauna Pali's 10,000 meter time of 35:43.17, a big personal best, earned her 15th place. At the Bryan Clay Invite, also in Claifornia, distance runners Troy Taylor and Alejandro Valencia placed fifth and 12th, respectively, in the 5000 meter.
Track has been preparing for conference for the whole season. At this year's indoor championship, North Texas women placed fourth and men placed fifth.
As for this weekend's events, the Mean Green is looking to get in at least a couple more big finishes before conference.
"Our goals are to prepare each individual to be the best athlete they can in their event area," Sheffield said.