LAFAYETTE, La. (5/12/06) The 2006 Aropostale Sun Belt Track and Field Championships kick off today with North Texas in the drivers’ seat, once again tabbed to bring home the title.
Conference coaches picked the Mean Green women as the favorites, earning 92 points in the pre-race poll. Sun Belt rival Western Kentucky grabbed 88 points, with South Alabama taking third with 76.
The North Texas women have not finished lower than third place in the last four years at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships, taking the title in 2003. The Men have two SBC titles under their belts, but have finished fourth in each of the last two seasons. The men were picked to finish sixth with 58 points.
The Mean Green relay teams rewrote the school record books, anchoring a third place finish for the women and fourth place finish for the men at the 2005 SBC Outdoor Championships. The women’s 4x400 and 4x100-meter relay teams each clipped school records while the men’s relays both captured gold medals at the conference meet. Kory Williams also scorched his way to a win in the 400-meter hurdles by running the second fastest time in school history. The senior’s mark of 50.99 was only a hundredth of a second off the school record set by Ed Eberhart in 1975.
The North Texas women entered the 2006 indoor championships as the favorites as well, but went on to fall to the Hilltoppers 115.5 - 97 at the Murphy Center in Mufreesboro, Tenn.
2006 Aropostale Sun Belt Track and Field Championships Live Results