DENTON, Texas (5/16/08) - The University of North Texas track and field team will play will host to its fourth and final outdoor meet of the season Saturday with the North Texas Open at Fouts Field.
The one-day meet will serve as a last chance for Mean Green athletes and other collegiate competitors to try and meet the NCAA regional qualifying standards.
"There are a several events, including our men's 4X100 relay team, that I think still have a good chance of posting a regional mark," said head track and field coach Rick Watkins. "Several athletes are short of the regional standard by just a few fractions of a second. If they can keep improving like we did at the conference meet last weekend, we'll have a good shot at adding a few more athletes to the regional list."
North Texas has already regionally qualified 21 athletes in 14 different events; the most since the 2003 season. The Mean Green currently have six athletes ranked amongst the top ten in the NCAA Midwest Region in their respective event, including both Lauren Wiggins and Alysha Adams in the 100-meter hurdles. Wiggins' fastest time of the season, 13.53, is just one-hundredth of a second faster than Adams' time. Adams was the 100-meter hurdles champion last weekend at the SBC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The North Texas Open will start Saturday at 1 p.m. with the pole vault, long jump and high jump. The running events will begin at 5 p.m. with the 4X100 relay.