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Track and field ready for second outdoor season meet

Track and field ready for second outdoor season meet

March 21
19:29 2013

Quentin Hope / Staff Writer

UNT track and field is headed to Waco, as it will compete in its second outdoor meet of the season at the Baylor University Quad all day today.

The Baylor Quad meet is a yearly well-known meet with the expectation to bring out the best of the best to compete. Along with a powerhouse track team like the Baylor Bears competing, the Mean Green will have its hands full with other tough schools such as: Southern Methodist University, Stephen F. Austin University and Texas Christian University.

“I think it’s exciting,” junior sprinter Clinton Collins said. “It’s good for us to go out and compete against the best of the best. It’s not something that overwhelms me, it’s just another track meet with people lined up next to me trying to achieve the same thing that I am.”

The team traveled to TCU last week, and came back with mixed success. Some of the athletes felt they had a good day, but head coach Carl Sheffield realized he needed to keep the intensity up as the team prepares for its tough task at Baylor.

“What he means by intensity is we need to actually go out there and show some effort and actually do something in practice so that we can perform really well,” senior sprinter Steven White said.

White, whose main dominance is in the 400-meter hurdles, will not be competing in his main event this week, but will instead compete in the 200-meter dash and 1600-meter relay. White was an Olympic qualifier last season for the hurdles, but has a strict game plan in easing his way back to the 400-meter hurdles.

“The strategy is to push the hurdles back as far as we can that way when I do go further into the season I won’t be worn out from doing the hurdles in so early in the season,” White said.

Freshman sprinter Christina Taylor will be competing in her first outdoor collegiate meet today. Taylor will be competing in the 800-meter run, and admitted to being nervous. But said she is relived that teammate Josephine Adams will be running right along side her.

“At conference indoor she really pushed me,” Taylor said. “So it’s really good to have her push me even further.”

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