LEVELLAND, Texas - The South Plains College Texan and Lady Texan track and field teams are gearing up for the outdoor season and will begin by traveling to El Paso for the UTEP Invitational Saturday, March 26. The Texans and Lady Texans will have targets on their back everywhere they go as they are looking to defend their titles from last year's championship meet. The SPC men have won four consecutive outdoor team championships, while the women will be searching for their third in a row.
Both teams are coming off highly successful indoor seasons in which the Lady Texans earned the NJCAA title and the Texans finished second, however head coach Chris Beene feels his teams are more suited for the outdoor season.
"The indoor meet has a lot of middle distance and distance events," says Beene. "We have some of that, but our best kid was hurt and we just did not have a big distance group this year. I think both teams will have a chance to be very competitive."
Beene said he will look for big performances from his sprinters and jumpers since El Paso is considered to be at high altitude at approximately 4,000 feet elevation.
"We use this meet more for training for any of our long distance kids, but we will be loading our sprinters and jumpers up to try to get them qualified."
The UTEP Springtime Invitational begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with the field events. The first running event is scheduled to get underway at 3 p.m. and will conclude with the running of the 4x400 meter relay at 6:55 p.m.