ARLINGTON, Texas - The UTA men's and women's track and field programs are set to host 17 institutions on Saturday at Maverick Stadium during the 2017 edition of the Bobby Lane Invitational.
Competing alongside UTA will be student-athletes from Oklahoma, TCU, SMU, North Texas, Texas State, Little Rock, ULM, Northwestern State, Dallas Baptist, Eastern New Mexico, Midwestern State, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Incarnate Word, Texas Wesleyan, Cowley and Wiley.
Fellow Sun Belt Conference schools Little Rock, Texas State and ULM will be getting a feel for UTA's track, which will be the site of the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships from May 12-14.
"The Bobby Lane historically been a very good meet at a great track facility," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "We are excited to be able to host so many quality schools this year. And I know our athletes always look forward to competing at home."
Over nearly four decades, UTA's meet has featured Division I, small college and junior college teams. It also has drawn interest from professional athletes as part of their preparation for world-class summer meets. Among past participants are Olympic gold medal winners Michael Johnson and Jeremy Wariner.
This year's event will feature four former UTA standouts, a group that includes All-American sprinters Quentin Butler, Cordero Gray and Clayton Vaughn in the 100 meters. In addition, distance runner Emil Blomberg, who has his sights set on participating in the 3000m steeplechase at the World Championships this year, will run the 5000 meters.
The invitational is special to Sauerhage, who along with former Athletics Director Pete Carlon, renamed the UTA meet in honor of Lane following his passing in 2005.
Lane served as the school's track coach for two decades (1955-75) and was a 30-year employee at UTA, spanning 1955 to 1985. Lane was the Mavericks' head athletic trainer from 1955 until 1981 and taught physical education as an associate professor until 1985.
Sauerhage, a kinesiology major at UTA in the 1980s, actually took a class taught by Lane.
"Bobby Lane was just a great guy," Sauerhage said. "Naming this meet after him was a no-brainer. He did so much for UTA and the track program."
Lane was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 1982, the Southwest Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame in 1985, the UTA Athletic Hall of Honor in 1988 and the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in 2000. He was named a UTA Distinguished Alumni in 1995 and served two terms as President of the UTA Alumni Association Board of Directors (1974 and 1977).
Field event finals begin at 9 a.m., while running event finals start at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-18. Admission is free for UTA students with a valid ID and for children five and under.
Live results will be available on DeltaTiming.com.
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