Women?s Track Prepares for adidas Classic

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama women’s track and field team will head to Lincoln, Neb. for the adidas Classic at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Indoor Track. The meet is the first competition for the Tide in two weeks as Alabama last took to the oval on Jan. 19.

“We increased the volume on the track and in the weight room the last couple of weeks due to the time away from competition,” head coach Sandy Fowler said. “There is going to be some fatigue but the athletes will show some will power and confidence to get through that. I look forward to watching the team strut their stuff.”

29 teams will travel to Lincoln to compete in the two-day meet. Teams competing in the meet include: Allen CC, Barton County CC, Butler County CC, Cloud County CC, Colorado State, Concordia University, Cowley College, Drake, Emporia State, Iowa State, Johnson County CC, Kansas, Lewis University, Midland Lutheran, North Dakota State, Nebraska-Omaha (women), Nebraska Wesleyan, Nebraska-Kearney, Neosho County CC, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist, Ottawana, South Dakota State, Texas San Antonio, South Dakota, University of Northern Iowa, Wichita State and Wyoming.

Friday night's schedule will be light as there are only four events scheduled. The women’s weight throw will start the night at 5:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. the women will take the track to run the 5,000-meters.

Saturday will be packed full of action starting at 11:00 a.m. and running all day. The women’s 60-meter hurdle prelims and the long jump kick off the day.

The last time out the women’s squad took second place at the Clemson Invitational. Senior distance ace Julia Hicks won the mile for the second consecutive year at the event. Hicks turned in a time of 4:54.42.

For the second consecutive year junior Lynda Cooper found a liking to the Clemson vault runway. Cooper set a new school record with a vault of 12-00 to finish fifth overall. All-American Trish Bartholomew had no problems with her first individual event. The senior won the 200 meters in a personal indoor best time of 24.53.

Alabama also saw the debut of nine-time junior college national champion Betty Rotich in the 3000 meters. The Nakuru, Kenya native won the event with a time of 10:05.69. Alabama continued its dominance in the throwing events with two more scorers in the shot put on Saturday. Freshman Angelica Howard placed second with a toss of 44-11 (13.71m).

Alabama will continue its indoor season next weekend at the Tyson Invitational. The meet is scheduled to begin on Friday, Feb. 15 at Fayetteville, Ark.