Feb. 26, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB track and field team is set to host the 2014 Conference USA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships, which begin on Friday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
UAB and the CrossPlex are hosting the event for the third consecutive season. Fox Sports 1 will televise the championship on a tape delay, as 11 men’s and 15 women’s teams will compete for individual and team titles over the course of 17 events.
Twenty-one UAB student-athletes are scheduled to compete over the course of the two-day event as the Blazers look to improve on a third-place finish from a season ago.
"This is the culmination of our indoor season,” head coach Kurt Thomas said. “This is what we train for all fall to put us in position to score points at the conference championship meet. This team got a good taste of success last indoor season when we finished third as a team. We realized in the fall we have a great opportunity to be successful at this meet. This is a great challenge to live up to what we're capable of. On paper we have a chance to be successful, now we have to go out and prove it.”
The preliminary events will begin at 9 a.m. CT on Friday with the pentathlon and heptathlon, followed by field events at 1 p.m. Action will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. with the heptathlon, 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run. The running events are slated to begin at 2 p.m. following the championship field events and the meet will conclude on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. with the awards presentation.
UAB has seen six new records set throughout the indoor season thus far, including top marks from graduate students Elinor Kirk and Neal Tisher and freshman Sarah Livett. Kirk enters this weekend’s meet with momentum after breaking the mile run UAB record (4:39.08), 3,000m run UAB record (9:14.10) and 5,000m run UAB record (15:44.38). Her 3,000m and 5,000m marks also stand as the league’s best so far this season, while her mile run time ranks second in C-USA. Tisher has also improved in each event during the season and has topped out at 4.06m (13-3 ¾) in the pole vault competition. Livett has set new freshman records in the mile run (4:59.14) and 3,000m run (9:48.57) for UAB this season.
Doors will open Friday at 8 a.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. Two-day passes for adults are $20 and $10 for youth (12-17), while a single day ticket is $15 per day for adults and $6 per day for youth (12-17). Admission is FREE for children age 11 and under and for students with valid ID cards who attend a Conference USA member institution.
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