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Mean Green hosts Spring Classic

Mean Green hosts Spring Classic

April 05
22:06 2012

Zach Claussen / Staff Writer –

The Mean Green track and field team will host its first meet of the year as the North Texas Spring Classic begins today.

This will be the first meet UNT has hosted since the team hosted the same event last March. UNT has traveled more than 2,800 miles total during both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Head coach Carl Sheffield said not traveling and running in front of home fans should help the team at the Spring Classic.

“We’re at home. It’s showtime for us,” Sheffield said. “The team feels comfortable at home, they know this track, and they practice on this track, so their strategies of racing are all based off this track.”

UNT’s last event was the Texas Relays in Austin, one of the biggest events of the track and field season. The Mean Green finished with just three top-10 finishes in 124 events at the meet.

The North Texas Spring Classic will feature TCU, SMU and Dallas Baptist, among others.

The team finished its training cycle, where the athletes perfect their technique and work on their events, early this week and are hoping to be firing on all cylinders by Friday.

“I want our fans, and our parents and our administration to see what we’ve done all fall. I’m putting my best people in their best places to perform,” Sheffield said. “Now’s the time to start getting marks and place ourselves in a position for the National Championships.”

For the 10 seniors on the team, the Spring Classic will be bittersweet as they run at Fouts Field for the last time.

Senior sprinter C.J. Fowler said he is looking forward to the home meet despite it being his last.

“It ain’t like last year when we had three [home meets], but we get to see the track every day,” Fowler said. “When you’re on your home track and you’ve been running on it every day, you’re immediately more mentally prepared to run. It’s an all-around better environment to run fast.”

The North Texas Spring Classic begins today at 3:30 p.m. with the men’s and women’s hammer throw.

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