UALR Kicks Off Indoor Track and Field Season Sunday
Courtesy: UALR Sports Information
          Release: 12/01/2012
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JONESBORO, Ark. - The UALR men's and women's indoor track and field teams will officially start the 2012-13 indoor season this Sunday afternoon (Dec. 2) as they travel to Arkansas State for the ASU Kickoff Klassic.

The season-opening non-scoring meet will start at 12 p.m. with the throwing events and preliminary races for the running events.  The jumps and pole vault events are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. while the running event finals are slated to get underway at 3 p.m. Full schedule of events can be found by clicking here.

UALR will enter the indoor track and field season looking to build off the momentum from the cross country season. The Trojans won its fifth Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championship and its third in six years. The women finished seventh.

Top returners for the men's team include senior Jason Belt, who set new UALR records at the SBC Indoor Championships last season in both the shot put and weight throw. He finished sixth in the weight throw with a toss of 56'8" (17.29m) while coming in eighth in the shot put with a mark of 52'2.75" (15.92m).

On the men's side, UALR also returns senior Markus Pearson and sophomore Casey Lane, who were both members of the SBC championship distance medley relay team. They crossed the line in 10:15.56.

On the women's side, the Trojans have junior Tachara Thomas returning. Thomas was a member of the distance medley relay team, helping UALR capture the SBC title with a time of 12:12.13.

Senior Marissa DeLaPaz comes off a successful 2012 cross country season. She earned 3rd Team All-Conference honors after finishing 15th at the SBC Championships with a time of 18:49.0

Besides host A-State, the ASU Kickoff Klassic will include student-athletes representing teams from Memphis, Central Arkansas, Missouri State, Southeast Louisiana, Arkansas Baptist, Harding, and Mississippi Valley State. Results for the 2012 ASU Kickoff Klassic will be posted online after the Klassic here.

The UALR Track and Field teams returns to action in the new year when it makes they make their second trip to Arkansas State for the ASU Invitational Jan. 26, 2013.

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