Men's Track and Field announces home-and-home dual meets with Arkansas and Texas A&M
April 24, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas will square off with fellow national powers Arkansas and Texas A&M in home-and-home dual meets during the 2010 track and field season, men's head coach Bubba Thornton has announced. The Longhorns will travel to Arkansas and Texas A&M during the indoor season with both teams making return trips to Austin during the outdoor season.
"We are very excited about adding these dual meets to our schedule," Thornton said. "Too often, track and field is looked at as an individual sport, but when the big meets come around, conference and national championships and even the Olympics, all anyone wants to know is what team won or what team won the most medals."
During the indoor season, the Longhorns will travel to Fayetteville on Jan. 16 to face Arkansas, and one week later on Jan. 23, will head to College Station to compete against Texas A&M. Then, during the outdoor season, Texas A&M will make their return trip to Austin on April 10 and Arkansas will visit on April 17.
"The team concept is very important to us at The University of Texas," Thornton added. "These dual meets are a way for every person on the team to contribute. It gives them a chance to compete with something on the line. I think this will highlight the importance of a complete team and should also produce some quality performances."
The Longhorns and Aggies participated in a dual meet, their first since 1997, during this year's indoor season when Texas traveled to College Station. UT won eight of the 15 events, but Texas A&M took the meet, 81-77. The Longhorns went on to win their fourth consecutive Big 12 Indoor Championship, which marked the first time in school history that a team won four consecutive conference crowns, while Texas A&M finished third.
With both Texas and Arkansas winning their respective conference indoor titles in 2009, the 2010 dual meet in Fayetteville will feature the reigning Big 12 and SEC Champions.
The outdoor duals will help set up an exciting three-week run of meets in Austin next April. The 83rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays will be run March 31-April 3, followed by the duals with Texas A&M on April 10 and Arkansas on April 17. This will mark the first time since 1994 that Texas has hosted a dual meet.