Men's Track and Field preview: Tyson Invitational and Husky Classic
AUSTIN, Texas -- Members of the top-ranked Texas men's track and field squad head in separate directions this week after completing a successful stint at last weekend's New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City.Texas will send its sprinters and field athletes to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational, while the distance runners will journey to Seattle for the Husky Classic.The Tyson Invitational runs Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11 at the University of Arkansas, and the Husky Classic runs Saturday at the University of Washington.
One of the top indoor track meets in the world, the Tyson Invitational attracts many international track and field standouts.The Tyson Invitational is the third leg of the Visa Championship Series, a group of nationally televised USA Track and Field competitions.Portions of this weekend's event will air on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 10:30 p.m. CST on ESPN2.
The event allows collegiate track and field athletes a chance to acclimate themselves to the Randal Tyson Track Complex, the site of the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships in March.Texas competed at the 2005 Tyson Invitational and recorded three top-five finishes, including Andra Manson's (Brenham, Texas) high jump victory.The Longhorns will face stiff competition from Florida, Florida State, Baylor and host Arkansas, among others.
Saturday's competition at the Husky Invitational marks the Horns' second trip to Seattle in as many seasons.Several Longhorns distance runners competed at the same 307-meter, banked track at the 2005 Husky Classic, as Tomas Finol (Spring, Texas) took seventh place in the 800 meters, and Leonel Manzano (Marble Falls, Texas) took seventh in the mile.
Tyson Invitational - Fayetteville, Ark.