Thursday, January 17, 2013

UNO Track and Field Begins Indoor Season at McNeese Friday

Team Competing in First Indoor Meet Since 2006 Sun Belt Conference Championship

Reprinted Courtesy UNO Athletics

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The New Orleans track and field program will make its first appearance of the 2013 indoor season on Friday at the Cowboy Indoor Invite I hosted by McNeese State.
Throwing events lead off the meet at 11 a.m. with competition on the track getting underway at 4 p.m. Fans can keep up with the action by clicking over to
The meet serves as UNO's first in the sport of indoor track and field since the 2006 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. The school suspended the program following the 2005-06 campaign before it was reinstated this past summer.
The Privateers will get a taste of its in-state competition from the opening gun as nine of the 11 teams with entrants on Friday hail from Louisiana. In addition to UNO, the meet will include squads from Dillard, Lamar, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern (B.R.), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and the host, MSU.
Amongst the group of Privateers making their debut this week is high jumper Brandon Knight. Knight started two seasons on the UNO basketball team and will be competing as a fifth-year senior in an event in which he was a Florida regional qualifier in while competing in high school.
Other notables competing for the Privateers are shot putter Tory Hearn and distance runner Jessica Stone. Hearn is a participant in a third sport after previously competing on the UNO volleyball and women's basketball teams while Stone earned Louisiana Sports Writers Association 'Newcomer of the Year' honors in cross country this past fall.

Following Friday's competition, the Privateers will return to action in two weeks on Saturday, Feb. 1 with the Cowboy Indoor Invite II, also hosted by MSU.