UTA TO HOST ANNUAL BOBBY LANE INVITATIONAL TRACK MEET
March 25, 2009
ARLINGTON, Tx. - The annual Bobby Lane Invitational track meet this weekend at UT Arlington will take on an international flavor as a number of Olympic athletes, including three-time gold medalist Jeremy Wariner, will be running on the Maverick Stadium track.
The event begins Friday March, 27 with a high school meet and the university division hammer throw at 3 p.m. which will take place at SMU.
Saturday's full day of events begins at 9 a.m. with various field events. Running events start at 1 p.m. with the last event, the 4x400 relays scheduled for 7:15.
Wariner is entered in the meet in the 200 meters and the finals for that are scheduled for 6 p.m.
Other members of the 2008 United States Olympic team scheduled to compete include Darold Williamson and Reggie Witherspoon. Williamson is also an Olympic gold medalist and whom Wariner teamed with on the gold medal winning 2004 4x400 relay team in Athens. Witherspoon teamed with Wariner on the 2008 gold medal winning 4x400 relay team in Beijing as he ran the third leg in the team's victory.
Both Williamson and Witherspoon are scheduled to run in the 200 and 400 meters. The 400 meter race is scheduled for 4:10 p.m.
Jamaican sprinter Sanjay Ayre, who was a bronze medalist in the 2000 Sydney games, is also scheduled to run in the 200 meters. Aries Merritt, the 2006 NCAA champion and seven-time All-American in the 110 meter hurdles, is also scheduled to compete.
Wariner captured the gold medal and lead the United States to a sweep in the 400 meters at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, with a school-record time of 44.00. Wariner then claimed his second gold medal by running the third leg of the U.S. 4x400-meter.
Wariner became the first athlete to sweep the major 400-meter titles in one year in 2004, by winning the Olympic gold, the U.S. Championship and the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor titles. In 2008, Wariner claimed the silver medal in the 400 meters at the Beijing Olympic Games. Wariner also anchored the U.S. men's 4x400-meter relay to a gold medal, setting a new Olympic record in the process.
He captured gold in the 400 meters at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan. He also ran the anchor leg at the World Championships in the 4x400-meter relay, helping the United States win the gold medal.
Wariner is currently in his fifth season as volunteer coach at Baylor.
The field in the university portion of the meet will feature teams from TCU, SMU, Oklahoma, Missouri State, Tulsa, North Texas, DePaul, St. John's, Bethany, Cameron, Dallas Baptist, East Central, Northwood, Tarleton State, Texas A&M-Commerce, UT Tyler and Wayland Baptist.
The UTA men's team features the 4x100 relay team of Cordero Gray, Jarid Vaughan, Takeshi Fujiwara and Byron Majors which registered a NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 40.05 last week at the Horned Frog Invitational. That mark is currently the fastest published qualifying time in the nation.
Andrew Duncan III posted second place finishes in the high jump and triple jump last weekend and also finished third in the long jump.
For the UTA women's team, Jasmine Walls posted a NCAA Regional qualifying mark in the 200 meters last week and was also third in the 100 meters. Amanda McMahon finished second in the 1500 meters and fourth in the 3000 meters at TCU last week.
Tickets for the meet are available on Friday and Saturday at the south entrance to Maverick Stadium. They are $5 for adults and $2 for children. The meet is free for UTA students and pre-school age children. The stadium is located off of Mitchell Street between Fielder and Davis in Arlington.