Split Squad Weekend Up for Track & Field

April 20, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s track & field will have two athletes competing at the Virginia Challenge this weekend while the rest of the team heads east to partake in the Georgia Tech Invitational. Both events start tomorrow and conclude on Saturday.

“Hannah Coffin and Emily Drouin are getting another great opportunity to climb up the NCAA list and run really fast,” said UAB head coach Kurt Thomas on his two athletes competing in Virginia. “This meet is set up for that from a high competition stand point. Emily improved her PR in California by 15 seconds and is really fit right now, so we hope to see something special from her. Hannah had some misfortune at a steeple barrier last time out, so is wanting some redemption this weekend.  She’s running very well and is ready for something big.”

Virginia ChallengeMeet Information | Schedule | Heat Sheets | Live Stream | Live Results

Georgia Tech InviteMeet Information | Schedule | Heat Sheets | Live Results

Coffin and Drouin will each be running in the second flight of the 3000 Meter Steeplechase. Drouin holds the top time between the two this year at 10:47.94 but Coffin is the defending Conference USA Champion in the event and has a fastest-time of 10:34.71.

The Blazers will have a number of competitors at the Georgia Tech Invitational and will provide another competitive environment for the Green & Gold.

“We have had several athletes competing at a high level and we want to see that continue this weekend at Georgia Tech,” said Thomas. “The track itself is fast, the competition will be right to set up good performances so we need to take advantage of the meet. Ali Meister is hurdling well and will work on some other events to get ready for a Heptathlon at C-USA’s. Shelbi White and Karri Green are running well and we want to some good races from them. The distance crew has been clicking, so we want to see Sarah Livett, Rebecca Evans, Jenna Hinds, Celestial Moon and Serena Martinez continue to drop some times.  Zieandre Bridges and Aisha Nelson have thrown and jumped well, and we need to see some consistency from them going into C-USA’s. Lauren Pray, Marielle Lewis and Zee are all from the area, so competing in front of friends and family is always exciting, and we hope to make it a great meet.”