DETROIT, Mich. -- Head Coach LaCema Womack and the Mustangs run out their most talented squad in the brief history of the program as the 2012-13 indoor track & field season nears its beginning. On Saturday (Dec. 8), the Mustangs will kick-off the promising season at the University of Findlay's Oiler Open.
Senior Anthony Butler (Lincoln Park, Mich./Roosevelt) leads a cast of talented Mustangs into the season-opening event. The senior will enter a team-high three events at the Oiler Open as he returns to the 800m and one mile events. The third event features Butler reuniting with an event he participated in while in high school – the long jump. With a full slate of events scheduled, Butler will look to start his senior campaign on the right foot at Saturday's meet.
Nearby Mumford High School is known for producing top track & field student-athletes. Last year, the Mustangs were able to pick up two Mumford standouts with the addition of Marcell Houston (Detroit, Mich./Mumford) and George Jackson (Detroit, Mich./Mumford).
Houston, a middle-distance runner that is coming off distance success from cross country season, will enter the 200m and 600m to begin the season. The mix of events plays to the flexibility of Houston's talent as the dual-sport athlete looks to make a splash.
Jackson came on strong at the end of cross country season and looks to continue that trend during indoor season. Jackson will mirror former Mumford running-mate Houston as he enters the 200m dash and 600m run at the Oiler Open.
Another strong sophomore for the Mustangs is Robert Crockett (Detroit, Mich./King). Crockett nearly qualified for the NAIA postseason at the end of the 2011-12 campaign in his top event the one mile run. The success in the event will limit Crockett to only entering the one mile event as the sophomore looks to focus in on his top event.
Fellow sophomore Akil Prowell (Detroit, Mich./Crockett) returns to the 3,000m run and will be flanked by freshman Jonathon Rutkowski (Riverview, Mich./Gabriel Richard). The pair of distance runners will look to transfer their cross country form into indoor season and elevate their game another level at Saturday's season-opening meet.
Newcomers Gaoussou Cisse (Southfield, Mich./Lathrup), Lovell Walker (Detroit, Mich./Allen Academy), and Jalen Wilson (Detroit, Mich./CMA) look to make a statement at Saturday's meet. Cisse, also a member of the Mustangs' men's soccer team, will enter 800m and one mile run, while Walker enters the 300m dash. Wilson, who ran unofficially last season for the Mustangs, will enter the 200m dash and join senior (Anthony) Butler in the long jump.
A full recap of Saturday's event will be available once results are posted by the host University of Findlay.