Head coach Kurt Thomas takes his UAB Blazers to Gainesville, Fla. and Stanford, Calif. this weekend for the Florida Relays and Stanford Invite.
April 2, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UAB’s track and field team is set for its first split squad meets of the season as the Blazers will compete in the Florida Relays and Stanford Invite beginning tomorrow.
The Florida Relays are slated to begin Thursday from Gainesville at 5 p.m. with field and running events. The Stanford Invite, held in Stanford, Calif., is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Friday morning.
This year’s Stanford Invite marks the 30th year of the meet. 114 four-year colleges have put in entries, while community colleges and high schools will also compete over the course of Friday and Saturday. Approximately 3,300 athletes will be in competition at the meet.
“People come from all over the world to compete at the Stanford Invitational,” assistant coach Tony Houchin said. “The predictable weather and world class fields contribute to phenomenal performances every year. Eli (Kirk), Kate (Brown) and Sarah (Livett) are all looking to punch their tickets to the NCAA Championships First Round in Jacksonville. It will be a lot of fun to see them do just that.”
The prestigious Florida Relays will be held at Percy Beard Track inside James G. Pressly Stadium. Both running and field competition will begin at 10 a.m. Friday morning in Gainesville, while field events are scheduled for a 10 a.m. start Saturday with running events following at 12 p.m.
"Florida Relays is a big opportunity,” head coach Kurt Thomas said. “It's traditionally one of the better sprint/relay meets in the country. We know the other teams there will be ready to run fast, so that's what we're trying to do - gear up to be sharp and focused and run fast. We have several athletes competing in many different areas. Autumnn Burnett will get a chance to run faster in the 400m Hurdles against great competition. Neal Tisher will pole vault against a strong field. Shakima Knox will be tested against other fast 100m runners, and the distance athletes, Lindsay Miller and Lauren Scott will have a great chance to run well against other great competitors. Saturday will be all relay races for us, so we'll have some fun and attempt to break the school record in the shuttle hurdle relay, and execute good relays in the 4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m. Florida is the environment you want to put yourself in to run better, compete against the best. That's what we're headed to Gainesville to do.”
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