Track team hosts SBC Championship
Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:02
ASU will host the Sun Belt Indoor Track and Field Conference Championship this weekend at the Convocation Center. The conference meet will take place Sunday and Monday and will begin at 10 a.m.
Head coach James Patchell has high expectations for this weekend’s events.
“We have a stronger team for both the men and women this year, and we have performed well so far in the indoor season. We have set ourselves up to have a chance to win both the men’s and women’s championships,” Patchell said. “The goal of our program is to be in a position to have a shot at the title year in and year out and I think we have done that. That being said, we must be mentally and physically ready to perform well. This week, our practices are going to be a little easier so that we can be rested and at our best when it counts this weekend.”
Sunday’s running events will begin around 4 p.m., with the men and women’s meter trials. The Distance Medley Relay will then take place around 8:15 p.m. to close out the evening for both the women and the men.
The meet will resume Monday morning at 9 a.m.
The final event for the conference competition will be the fan-favorite, 4 x 400-meter relay for both the women and the men, scheduled for 4:40 p.m.
ASU has many “athletes to watch for” during the competition. Throughout the Indoor Track season, athletes have been competing and logging their best achievements in order to get seeded well at conference.
Junior Sharika Nelvis is seeded first for 55-meter dash, first for the 200-meter run, and first for the 55-hurdles. She has been named Female Track Athlete of the Week for the Sun Belt Conference three of the six weeks of the indoor track season. Nationally, Nelvis is currently ranked 17th in the 60-meter hurdles and 27th in the 60-meter dash (according to the NCAA Division 1 rankings).
As for the sprinters on the men’s side for this weekend, senior Solomon Williams is seeded first for the men’s 55-Hurdles (7.39 seconds).
“I’m really excited about our Indoor Conference meet this year. Having the meet here not only gives us a slight advantage because we know the track, but also because many of us will have the support of our friends and classmates,” Williams said. “Both the men and women’s teams have a great opportunity to win the championship this year, and that’s exactly what I expect to do.”
Sophomore Kristina Aubert is seeded third for the women’s mile (seed time of 4:54.96), and second for the 3000-meter race (9:50.45).
“I’m very excited for the opportunity we have to win a potential conference championship at home. Our team has worked so hard and I am excited to watch my teammates rise to the occasion this weekend,” Aubert said.
To view the complete Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track Performance List, visit http://www.tfrrs.org/lists/978.html.
The other teams competing include Arkansas Little Rock, South Alabama, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Georgia State, North Texas, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana-Lafayette, and Louisiana-Monroe.
Admission to the conference meet this Sunday and Monday is free for students with a valid ASU Student ID.