May 25, 2006

AUSTIN, Texas - Eleven UT Arlington track and field athletes have logged hundreds, even thousands of miles, training to qualify for the NCAA National Championship. Now the Mavericks are one step away.

UT Arlington will compete at the NCAA Midwest Regional Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday at the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.

Qualifiers advance to the NCAA National Track and Field Championships, June 7-10, at Sacramento, Calif.

"With only one senior going on the trip, this could be a real stepping stone to next year for our squad," said UTA Track and Field Coach John Sauerhage. "We are going to go out and try to turn in some good marks and see if we can have several advance to the nationals."

Junior long jumper Quinchun Carey, an NCAA national qualifier last year and has the fifth best college long jump mark in the nation this season with a 7.91m (25-11.75) will miss the meet after undergoing knee surgery Thursday morning.

Junior Jared Connaughton will compete in the 200-meter dash and the 4x100-meter relay. His 200 meter time of 20.59 is tied for eighth fastest time this outdoor season. He will complete the day for the Mavericks with a 9 p.m. prelim.

Sophomore Angela Gonzales will compete in the long jump at 2 p.m. In the 110-meter hurdles, Southland Conference champion Jon McDowell and senior Edward Broadnax will compete Friday at 5:40 p.m. and try to advance to the finals on Saturday at 6:20 p.m. SLC indoor pole vault champion Shay Collett will participate in the men's finals at 6 p.m.

Junior hurdler Coby Morrison will have a short recovery time with the 100-meter prelims at 7 p.m. and the 400-meter hurdles at 7:40 p.m. on Friday.

Both men's and women's sprint relay teams will compete between 4-4:30 p.m. on Friday. The men's team will feature McDowell, Byron Majors, Morrison, and Connaughton while the women's relay has Kim Hargers, Chelsea Huddleston, Kourtnee Jones and Ellen Garrison.

Jones will compete in the women's 200-meter prelims at 8:40 p.m.

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