T&F: UTA to host Bobby Lane Invitational Saturday
March 23, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas (March 22, 2012) - The UT Arlington men's and women's track and field programs are set to host the 36th annual Bobby Lane Invitational on Saturday at Maverick Stadium. A total of 29 colleges, including 10 NCAA Division I schools, will be participating, as will some of the world's top track and field athletes who are training in advance of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
"We love putting on this event and we pride ourselves in having a strong field every year," UTA head coach John Sauerhagesaid. "This year is no exception, especially because it is an Olympic year. In addition to a very strong collegiate field, we are honored to be hosting a number of world-class athletes on our campus."
The Division I entrants include UT Arlington, Oklahoma, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, North Texas, Northwestern State, Missouri State, Nebraska-Omaha and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The rest of the collegiate field consists of: Abilene Christian, Angelo State, Bacone, Cameron, Concordia, Dallas Baptist, East Central, Incarnate Word, Lon Morris, Lubbock Christian, Midwestern State, Southern Nazarene, Tarleton State, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas College, Texas Wesleyan, UT Tyler, Wayland Baptist and Wiley.
UTA's indoor All-Americans, Romain Martin and Clayton Vaughn, will lead the Maverick men, who are currently ranked 47th nationally according to the USTFCCCA computer ratings. On the women's side, Shannon Reynoldswon a pair of sprint titles at the 2012 league indoor championships.
"It's our home meet and we want to do well in front of our fans and alumni," Sauerhage said. "And ultimately, it's another opportunity for us to achieve qualifying marks for the Southland Conference meet and make it on the national list. We are excited to see how our teams stack up with some very steep competition."
A pair of standout UTA alums also will be on hand. Former UTA track star Jared Connaughton represented Team Canada in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing in the 200 meters and the 4x100 relay. Cordero Gray, a two-time All-America selection and 2012 Olympic hopeful, will also compete unattached. He was the Southland Conference Outdoor Athlete of the Year in 2011.
Headlining the participants is Arlington native and three-time Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner of Team adidas. Wariner will be competing in the 200 meters and the 4x400 relay. Also attending will be Darvis "Doc" Patton, who starred as a collegian at TCU and was member of the United States' silver medal 4x100 relay team at the 2004 Olympics.
Representing Saucony will be Wallace Spearmon, who trains at UTA and competed in the 200 meters in Beijing, as well as Solomon Norman and Desmond Jackson. Nike athletes include Patton, LaShauntea Moore, Montavious Rae Edwards and LeJerald Betters. Tracey Rew, the 2011 NCAA discus champion from SLC rival Northwestern State, will also compete unattached.
The hammer throw kicks off the festivities Friday afternoon on the SMU campus. The remainder of the events will take place Saturday at UTA's Maverick Stadium beginning with field events at 9 a.m. Running events commence at 1 p.m.
Live scoring of the event will be available via www.UTAMavs.com.
Tickets for the meet are available Saturday at the south entrance to Maverick Stadium, which is located off Mitchell Street. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children. The meet is free for UTA students and pre-school age children.