DENTON, Texas (5/2/08) The North Texas track and field team will head south to Arlington to compete in the UTA Open Friday and Saturday at Maverick Stadium.
The Mean Green will use the UTA Open as a warm-up meet before North Texas hosts the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 9-11. North Texas will look to improve on the 12 regional qualifying marks it has posted this season.
“We’re not taking our whole team, but this will be a good test for us heading into the Sun Belt Championships,” said head coach Rick Watkins. “I’ve been pleased with how we’ve been running the last few weeks. We need to continue to improve so we’ll be ready for next weekend.”
For the fourth time in her career, Brandi Stanfield was honored as the Sun Belt Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week for her efforts last week at the Mean Green Twilight. It is the third time in four weeks that an athlete from the North Texas women’s track and field team has garnered the weekly honor. Stanfield, a junior from Austin, Texas, tallied a season-best leap of 20-04.25 to take home top honors in the women’s long jump at the Mean Green Twilight Invitational.
The Mean Green currently have four athletes ranked amongst the top 30 in the nation in their respective event. The highest ranked North Texas athlete is Toby Edwards. After clearing the seven-foot mark last week, Edwards currently ranks 15th in the nation and sixth in the Midwest Region. Lauren Wiggins and Alysha Adams are both ranked in the 100-meter hurdles. Wiggins and Adams are ranked 28th and 29th respectively. Brand Stanfield is tops in the Sun Belt and 27th overall in the long jump with a leap of 6.20 meters.
The hammer throw will get the UTA Open started today at 4 p.m., with the running events slated to begin tomorrow at 2 p.m. with the 4X100 relay.