Friday, February 07, 2003
The Alabama women's track and field team is back in action this weekend at the adidas Classic at the Devaney Sports Center Track Saturday (Feb. 8) after a one-week layoff from competition.
"I think we had some young ladies who were really sore from the previous weeks of competition and now they've had some time to recover," head coach Sandy Fowler said. "It's going to be a good all around meet. Arkansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Washington State as well as Manhattan College, which has a very good field program will all be there."
The Tide took advantage of the break in competition according to Fowler, making some real strides in practice over the last 10 days or so.
"I think there are a lot of ladies who are starting to relax and figure out how to carry their practices over into competition," Fowler said.
The meet will begin at 2 p.m. with the women's weight throw and the running events will get underway at 4 p.m. with the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles. The last scheduled field events (men's high jump and shot put) start at 6:30 p.m., while the distance medley relay will conclude the running events, beginning at 8:10 p.m.
The Tide's last competition was the SEC Challenge in Lexington, Ky.
"It's good to face SEC competition," Fowler said. "Because that will not only get us ready for the conference meet but also the NCAA Championships. But at the same time, I think it's good for us to go out and see who else is out there and this meet gives us a chance to do that."