ARLINGTON, Texas – While the UT Arlington men’s and women’s track and field teams technically started their competitive season Dec. 13 at the Texas A&M Reveille Invitational, the true beginning of the 2015 indoor slate comes this weekend.
On Friday and Saturday, the Mavericks will return to College Station for the Texas A&M Team Invitational. UTA’s competition at the meet includes Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU, Texas State, UTSA, Louisiana Tech, Stephen F. Austin and Abilene Christian. The scored meet will feature full teams from all programs.
“The first meet helps you find out where you are and gets you started planning for down the road,” UTA coach John Sauerhage said. “It’s exciting to get going. And anytime you get the opportunity to compete against such quality teams like we will see this weekend, you are bound to get better.”
The men will be looking to repeat as Sun Belt Conference champions this year, while the women have their sights on securing another trophy after claiming the SBC cross country title in the fall.
The Maverick men will feature a number of athletes who should compete for conference titles, including sprinter/jumper Quentin Butler, distance runners Emil Blomberg and Ryan Tilotta, high jumper Roland Sales and triple jumper Omar Barnes.
The women also field a deep team that is highlighted by its middle-distance and distance runners, which includes Tamerah Gorham, Ashly Wright, Katelyn Hayward, Gabriela Alfonzo and Hannah Nilsson. Sprinter Kailey Bostic and pole vaulter Noemie Forget also figure to be top performers for the Mavs.
“We’re looking forward to getting started,” Sauerhage said. “We feel as though both of our teams are complete and will be able to compete in all event areas. We are ready to get after it.”
The meet will begin at Gilliam Indoor Stadium on Friday night with the men’s and women’s 5000 meters. On Saturday, the field events begin at noon. On the track, prelims start at 12:30 p.m., while finals will get underway at 2 p.m.
Live results of the Texas A&M Team Invitational will be available on www.12thman.com.
In addition to this weekend’s meet, the Mavericks will also compete in the Mark Colligan Memorial (Jan. 31) and the Varsity Apartments Invitational (Feb. 14) prior to the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships Feb. 23-24 in Birmingham, Ala.
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