Feb. 11, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama women’s track and field team continues its indoor season in College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M Challenge, a unique scored meet with conference pride on the line. The one-day meet will be held at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 12.
The Crimson Tide will be competing with some of the nation’s top squads in College Station, in a field that includes representatives from the Big 12, Southeastern Conference, Conference USA and the Pac-10. The Aggies enter the meet ranked second in the nation after winning the NCAA outdoor crown last year. Other nationally ranked teams that will be competing include Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State and Tennessee.
“What’s unique about the competition is that it’s a conference scored meet with teams from the Pac-10, Conference USA, Big 12 and SEC,” UA head coach Sandy Fowler said. “To have the opportunity to compete in a scored meet prior to the SEC Championships says volumes because now the athletes have to get their mind, as well as their physical thoughts together. The facility is phenomenal and one of the fastest indoor tracks in the United States. It will be interesting to see how the conferences do.”
In addition to the team scoring, each conference’s score will be tallied to build extra pride and incentive heading into each conference’s respective championship meet.
The Crimson Tide is coming off a strong showing at last weekend’s Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Sophomore Camilla Armstead recorded a personal best time of 56.91 in the 400m while finishing 15th. Kaylon Eppinger and Audra Frimpong finished fifth and ninth in the 60m hurdles, respectively, running times of 8.45 and 8.71.
In the field events, junior Krystle Schade aims to top the 5-11.5 height she cleared in her first competition of the season last weekend, while Amethyst Holmes will be looking for her second personal best in as many weeks after a 63-7 mark in the weight throw.
Saturday’s meet is slated to begin at noon CST.