Jan. 17, 2008
ARLINGTON, Texas - - UT Arlington travels to Lubbock on Friday for two meets in two days as the 2008 Indoor Track and Field season gets underway. UTA's men are coming off an outdoor championship, while the women have added depth in its quest for a title.
The Mavericks sent a handful of pole vaulters to a meet last week, but this will be the first time UTA has its entire squad together on the track. First, the Mavericks compete at the Texas Tech Indoor Invitation for an all-day meet on Friday.
The following day, UTA competes at the Wes Kittely Invitational at the same venue.
Maverick head track and field coach John Sauerhage said most of his athletes would compete in one event each, but that they would be expected to perform well despite that it's the season-opener. UTA has just four meets - including the two this weekend - in preparation for the 2008 Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships scheduled Feb. 22-23 in Houston.
"I expect our fast runners to run fast," Sauerhage said. "Our men are coming off an excellent performance at last year's outdoor meet, and we're optimistic about their chances this indoor season. But it's going to be a daunting task because there are come outstanding, deep and talented teams in our conference."
UTA's men are led by junior sprinter Eddie Beckwith, a 200- and 400-meter runner who clocked a 46.61 in May at the SLC outdoor meet to qualify for regionals. He ran the third leg in last season's SLC Indoor Championships, helping UTA to a third-place finish.
The Maverick women finished sixth in last year's SLC Indoor championships and sixth at the 2007 SLC Outdoor meet. To improve those results, Mavericks coach John Sauerhage will look to several different athletes - but one in particular has been clocking some fast times in practice and recently finished an impressive freshman year.
Sophomore Jasmine Walls earned all-SLC honors with third-place finish in the 60-meter dash with a season-best time of 7.73 and third place in the 200 meters with a 24.90 during last year's indoor conference meet.
She finished seventh in the 100 meters at the SLC Outdoor with an 11.97.
"It will be great to get out there for the first time with our entire team and see how they perform," Sauerhage said. "We have athletes who can score some points, and we're expecting bigger things from our women's team this season."
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