April 5, 2006

AUSTIN, Texas - UT Arlington sophomore distance runner Jody Broccoli-Hickey clocked a time of 33-minutes, 13.44-seconds in his first 10,000-meter race to take ninth place on the opening day of the 79th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Wednesday.

Competition continues through Saturday at the Mike A. Myers Track and Field Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. More than 50,000 spectators are expected for the four-day event. Admission for Thursday is free. Friday and Saturday admission is $15 for reserved seating with general admission tickets $10 each. An all-session pass is $30 for reserved and $20 for general admission.

Senior Daniel Noah competed in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase Wednesday night, but did not finish the event.

UT Arlington will have 12 student-athletes compete in individual events Thursday and Friday as well as the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays teams for both men and women.

Sophomore distance runner Jodi Hulett will compete in the 5,000 meters Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Friday is a busy day for the Mavericks. Among those expected to compete is the top 200-meter runner in the Southland Conference this spring, junior Jared Connaughton. He recorded the top time in the conference this spring with an NCAA region qualifying time of 20.59 at the Bobby Lane Arlington Invitational Saturday. He will compete in both the 100 and 200 meter races. Prelims for the 100-meter dash is Friday morning at 9:30 a.m.

Senior Jacob Cedertun will run in the 1,500-meter run on Friday night.

The Mavericks are well-represented in the men's 110-meter hurdles. Edward Broadnax, Jon McDowell and Adam Stafford will compete in the prelims at 9:30 a.m. Friday.



All-SLC pole vaulter Shay Collett will compete in the university/college section B on Friday. Freshman Andrew Duncan will take part of the high jump competition and NCAA Outdoor qualifier Quinchun Carey will try for a gold medal in the long jump on Friday.

Four individuals and the women's 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays will represent the women's track and field program.

Senior Mandy McGee will participate in the women's 400-meter hurdles.

Ellen Garrison and Shana Rash will compete in the 100 meter prelims Friday at 9:30 a.m.

UTA is looking for its first Texas Relays champion since Rebecca Johansson won the women's 10,000 meters in 2001. The last male to win was Erik Petersson in the 5,000 meters in 2001.


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