May 27, 2010
Arlington, Texas - For both the men and women track and field teams, the 2010 NCAA West Preliminary meet begins Thursday, May 27 to Saturday, May 29 at the Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. The three-day meet will feature the top athletes from schools in the west region as determined by the NCAA.
Action will kick off each day with a field event at noon. Events on the track will start at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, 4:30 p.m. on Friday and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.
UTAMAVS.com's Josh Bowe caught up with the coach John Sauerhage to see what his feelings were about the upcoming meet.
Josh Bowe:What are your overall expectations for the meet?
John Sauerhage:We're very capable of getting people to Eugene to qualify for the national meet. It's going to be a unique format. We've never been in a meet before with just a final. Jasmine (Walls) and Cordero (Gray), look for them to advance.
JB: Besides Walls and Gray who else could advance past this meet?
JS: We're optimistic for the men's 4X100. They're 13th and they take the top 12. They did well in the conference meet. We have other people that are very capable. Aundrea Williams Jr. is capable in the 400 hurdles. Isiah Clements is capable in the high jump. Wade Hayes has vaulted very well and he could qualify for the national meet. Shannon Reynolds and Antonia Hopkins have a shot in the quarters. We've got a lot to look forward to.
JB: Speaking of Shannon, she had a great conference tournament, finishing right behind Jasmine in a lot of races. Could she surprise some people despite her youth?
JH: Shannon Reynolds has an opportunity. She's one of the best sprinters we've ever had as a freshman. If she continues to work hard and stay healthy it's only the beginning for her.
JB: Talking to Gray after the conference tournament he sounded disappointed in his time even though he set a personal best in the 100 and second best in UTA history. Have you seen that from him?
JH: Cordero is very focused. He'll run his best time at the meet. He's competed very well in the same format last year. So we expect the same thing again. Look for him to break our school record at this meet.
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