T&F: Final prep for track programs to take place at Sooner Invitational

Pole vaulter Jeff Rodriguez will compete for the first time this season this weekend.

Feb. 14, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas - While the UT Arlington men's and women's indoor track teams will not field full squads this Saturday at the Oklahoma Sooner Invitational, this weekend still signals an important point of the season for the Mavericks.

The Western Athletic Conference Championships begin one week from today (Thursday, Feb. 21), and some Mavericks are vying for roster spots at the meet, several are looking to improve on their current season bests and others are looking to show that they are truly healthy.

"There are some athletes who we are counting on to help us at conference who want one more shot at an event or two prior to the WAC Championships," head coach John Sauerhage said. "And we still have to decide on a few roster spots, so this is another important meet for us."

Just 28 men and 28 women from each school are allowed to compete at the three-day event in Albuquerque, N.M. While fast times and strong marks are very important, Sauerhage said one main goal always exists.

"So while we are looking at making strides in some areas, the main goal is to keep everything intact, which means keeping everyone healthy," he said.

One key performer for the men's team who is expected to compete for the first time this season is pole vaulter Jeff Rodriguez. Rodriguez, the school record holder in the event, has been out all season due to injury and will have one meet to prepare for next week's league championship.

For more information on the Sooner Invitational, visit www.SoonerSports.com.





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