Jan. 11, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The University of Alabama track and field team and head coach Dan Waters open the 2013 indoor track and field season on Saturday by hosting the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener in Birmingham, Ala. The meet will be held at the Birmingham CrossPlex, a state-of-the-art indoor track stadium that holds seating for 4,000 fans, a 200-meter hydraulically banked Mondo Super X track, eight-lane sprint track and double runways and rings for all field events.
"We're excited to start our second season and we're very optimistic heading into it," Waters said. "We have a lot of new faces, talented athletes that we are anxious to see in competition."
Alabama is anxious to open the season after welcoming a highly-regarded recruiting class. The Crimson Tide's men's signees were ranked the nation's third-best recruiting class recently by Track & Field News magazine, and the women's class was also well-regarded.
The Crimson Tide will contend against a field that features some of the top programs in the nation. Two top 10 teams - Florida's men (No. 2) and women (No. 5) and LSU's men (No. 10) and women (No. 4) - headline the field. Other teams in the rankings include Auburn's men (No. 11) and women (No. 24), Texas' women (No. 14), Florida State's men (No. 16 and Mississippi State's men (No. 20). Georgia Tech, Hinds Community College, Samford, South Florida, Southern Mississippi and Tulane (women's team only) will also take to the track.
"This will be a significant meet nationally and will have a very strong competitive field," Waters said. "It will give us an excellent level of competition to begin the season."
The first field event begins at 11 a.m. CST with the women's weight throw followed by the men's pole vault at 11:30 a.m. Action on the track begins at 11:30 a.m. with the 60-meter prelims. Events are scheduled to run until 6:40 p.m.
After this weekend's meet, both squads will return to Birmingham to participate in the Auburn Invitational on Jan. 19.