Jan. 15, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington men's and women's track and field teams are set to kick-start the 2014 indoor season this weekend at the Texas A&M 10-Team Invitational. A strong field will greet UTA, as Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU, Rice, UTSA, Texas State, Louisiana Tech, Abilene Christian and SMU (women) are scheduled to compete.
"We're excited to get started and find out where we are," head coach John Sauerhagesaid. "I think we have the opportunity to get some strong marks. We have quality people in all event areas, which is why we're so optimistic about this season."
The season-opening meet will feature the return of All-American sprinter Clayton Vaughn. Vaughn, who won the indoor 60m and 200m at last year's Western Athletic Conference Championship, suffered a season-ending injury at the Bobby Lane Invitational during the outdoor campaign.
Also competing for the Mavs is Quentin Butler, who qualified for the NCAA West Preliminaries in three events last outdoor season. He will be participating in both the 60m and the long jump at Texas A&M.
Another field-event participant looking to start a big season is all-conference high jumper Roland Sales. Two distance runners, Emil Blomberg (mile) and Ryan Tilotta(3000m), are other athletes to watch this weekend.
Ashly Wright, who reached the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 800 meters, is the top returner on the women's side. This season Wright will aim for her first individual conference championship in the event.
Triple jumpers Debra Johnson, Shae Johnson and Morgan Domnigue highlight field event participants for the Mavs. Hannah Nilsson and Sydney Hampton figure to have strong showings in the distance competitions, while Breonna Baldwinwill be one of the squad's top sprinters.
The Texas A&M 10-Team Invitational will begin Friday night with the distance medley relay and the 5000m for both the men and women. Saturday's action will begin at noon with the opening field competitions, while running events are slated to start at 12:30 p.m.
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