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UALR men's track and field team aiming for program's first indoor conference title

The Trojans will compete at the Ohio Valley Indoor Conference Championships starting with the prelims today.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Little Rock Trojans men's track and field team competed in the Sun Belt Conference for over 30 years and never won an indoor conference title. 

The Trojans have an opportunity to break that streak in its first year competing in the Ohio Valley Conference.

"Going into a new conference there are some differences," Trojans head coach J.P Behnke said. "Some events are much stronger some might be weaker, but we adapt to what we have. Our athletes are tough. They see what they're up against. They're gonna welcome the task."

The Sun Belt Conference is a very sprint and jump-heavy conference. However, the OVC is stronger in distance events. 

This gives the Trojans an edge as they can score in more sprint and jump events, thus scoring more points for the team title. 

Little Rock is favored to sweep the podium in the 60-meter dash.

Cameron Jackson leads the conference with the fastest time in that event at 6.69. His teammates Tavieon Neal and Troy McKnight are right behind him at 6.70 and 6.71 respectively. 

Little Rock high jumper Jonathan Jones, an LR Central alum, is seeded second in the high jump with a season-best mark of 6'11". Jones has a lot of faith in his teammates. 

"The expectations are to come out on top," Jones said. "These are really good schools, that are competitive in the field events and sprints. I have faith in what we can do. Cam, Troy, and all my teammates. I know what they're gonna do. It's up to us to take care of business, this new conference will be tough it's not gonna be an easy landslide. I'm looking forward to the competitive environment."

Prelims will start on Wednesday and the finals will be the following day on Thursday at the world-class Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. The meet will be streamed on ESPN+.

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