VIDEO: Landry Leads Team To Conference, Shares Inspiring Story
Junior Sprinter/Jumper's Resiliency Inspires Other Student Athletes
DENTON - After losing her mother to cancer during her junior year of high school, Mona Landry has a perspective that most student athletes are lucky enough to know nothing about.
Dealing with the grief of losing her mother and being a busy student athlete, Landry has an outlook on life that most of her peers don't understand. Landry, who initially protested grief counseling, found how helpful it could truly be. This has inspired her to pursue a career in grief counseling.
"We have all watched Mona mature as a person as well as a student athlete," said head coach Carl Sheffield. "Before she leaves she will mark her name as one if the best sprinter/jumpers in North Texas history."
Landry says that being involved in both school and sports keeps things off her mind. Her stepdad is a coach, and she says that him pushing her has helped her overcome her obstacles. Landry serves as a role model to many of her team members. She excels in both sprinting events and long jump, and will be competing in multiple events at this weekend's 2015 Conference USA Track and Field Championships.
"She has always been one to put up a great fight. I won't expect anything less this time," Sheffield said.
As for the rest of the track and field team, they'll be heading to El Paso, Texas with Mona to compete. The championship starts Thursday, May 14, with the heptathlon and decathlon events. Senior Dominique Best will be the only North Texas athlete competing in tomorrow's events.
Sheffield also says he's "looking for big things in the women's hammer on Friday." Women's throwers Deja McKnight, Victoria Clark and Ngozi Nweke have had an excellent outdoor season. Victoria Clark now holds the school record for the women's hammer throw at the Bobcat Classic in April with a 55.14 meter throw.
"Shahaf Bareni comes in with the conference best in the high jump. The men's 1500m will be a strong event on Sunday night. Both men and women's 4x100m relay teams will be in strong contention," Sheffield said.
The men's distance team will play a big part in the overall success of the men's team, as the cross-country team won their first championship this fall. North Texas's 4X100 meter relay teams have been performing well on both sides.
"UTSA, UTEP and Western Kentucky will be formidable competitors this season, as always. UTEP, La Tech, WKU and Rice will have a strong battle for the championship," said Sheffield.
"We are hoping to continue to climb up the standings as a team in the outdoor championships. We should be a little more competitive on the men's side in the outdoor championships," said Sheffield.
The 2015 C-USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, hosted by UTEP, takes place May 14-17 in El Paso, Texas. Live stats will be available via this link.
There will also be a live video stream available through Conference USA for free. Use this link to watch events live!