LeTourneau track teams make debut
By LETU Sports Information
Jan. 11, 2018 at 7:13 p.m.
The wait is finally over for the LeTourneau University women's and men's track and field teams as the YellowJackets compete in their first-ever meet today when they take part in the Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational at the Yeoman Field House on the campus of the University of Houston.
Six weeks have passed since LETU was originally scheduled to make history by participating in the Dunamis Sports Group Invitational last month. Extenuating circumstances, however, canceled the meet. With the extra time and preparation to get ready for the season opener, LeTourneau takes 22 athletes to compete in various events.
Today's meet features athletes from NCAA Division I, II, and III as well as NAIA institutions.
In total, the YellowJackets are scheduled to compete in five indoor meets before opening up their inaugural outdoor track and field season to Saturday, February 24 at the Trinity University Open in San Antonio.
"A lot of the kids that we are taking are new to the sport, so how to go through the warm-up situation, how to go through the check in process, and how to compete is different than the practice time and will force our athletes to turn it up a notch" said head coach Don Hood when asked about what to expect from his team in their first-ever meet. "Our more experienced athletes will like this level of competition, and the reason why you become a college athlete is to go against some of the best.
"Most of our athletes that haven't competed before are competing in field events, and the secret to being great in field events besides ability is repetition."
The meet, which gets underway at 11 a.m., will not be a scored meet and no team totals will be kept. LeTourneau University sends 12 athletes on the men's side with 10 athletes competing on the women's side.
First-ever event for LETU will be the weight throw, at 11 a.m., featuring Carrye Funk and Rebekah Stevenson for the women along with Judson Iverson, Adrik Kling, and Steven McDonnel for the men.
Other YellowJacket athletes that will be a part of history include Claire Burson, Tori Field, Ro Galloway, Crystal Jones, Alexis Segura, Kirstiana Welch, and Lexi Funk for the women. Alex Hindman, Cole Ironside, Austin Parrish, Nate Berlandier, Stanley Williams, Arvin Hrushka, Keishaun McMillian, and Michael Field comprise the men.
At the NCAA Division III level, athletes qualify for the national meet by posting a top-16 time or mark in their respective event, with the time or mark being able to be posted at any point in the season.
Fans will be able to keep track of where LETU athletes stand in their respective event by going to the Track and Field Results Reporting System and clicking on the 2018 Indoor Qualifying lists, or by clicking on the following links: men's indoor qualifying list; women's indoor qualifying list.