Track and Field Embarks on Conference USA Outdoor Championships
May 10, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss track and field teams embark on New Orleans, La., this weekend to participate in the Conference USA Track and Field Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium May 11-13.
The three-day event hosted by Tulane University gets underway Friday, May 11, and concludes Sunday, May 13. Action is set to begin at 3 p.m. CT on Friday with the heptathlon, followed by the decathlon at 3:30 p.m. Field events for Friday will open the afternoon competition at 2 p.m., while the men's and women's 10,000-meter finals will conclude opening day at 8 p.m.
The decathlon and heptathlon kick things off at 11 a.m. CT Saturday morning followed by five field event finals at 5 p.m. and prelims of the running events at 6 p.m. The steeplechase finals will take place at 8:55 p.m. for the men and 9:15 p.m. for the women.
The finals of nine field events are on tap for Sunday as well as 20 running events. The 4x100m relays will set the pace for the elite runners in the league starting at 6 p.m. The Championships awards presentation will close the ceremonies at approximately 9:25 p.m.
The Golden Eagle women are looking to improve on last year's standings. Paving the way for the women is the jumps group led by two-time All-American Tori Bowie. The 2011-12 C-USA Female Athlete of the year owns the fourth-best mark in the nation in the long jump. The two-time national champion will also compete in the 100 meters and triple jump this weekend. Bowie recorded a personal-best time of 11.28 in the 100 meters, a time good enough for ninth in the nation. Bowie won the 2011 indoor and outdoor long jump titles.
Teammate Ganna Demydova enters the C-USA meet ranked third in the NCAA in the triple jump with a mark of 13.35m (43-9.75). She will also compete in the long jump. Tamarra Bowie, who ranks in the top 50 in the triple jump, is expected to score points for the Golden Eagles.
Ke'Airra Jones enters the C-USA meet ranked in the top 25 nationally in the high jump and second in the league. Jones will compete in the triple jump as well.
Look for sophomore Rachel Polk to compete well in the shot and discus for the Golden Eagles. Polk ranks third in both the shot and discus in the league.
On the men's side, Marcus Norwood, Jr. ranks in the top 30 in the high jump and second in Conference USA with a mark of 7'1.
Golden Eagle throwers expected to provide plenty of points included Robert and Richard Collingwood and Suyi Georgewill. Robert finished second at last year's meet and is currently ranked fourth among league leaders in the shot. Richard ranks fifth in the discus while Georgewill ranks seventh in the discus and fourth in the hammer. Georgewill placed fourth and second in the respective events last season.
Live video streaming of the championships will be available on Saturday on all 12 member institutions' All-Access players as well as the C-USA All-Access player beginning at 5 p.m. CT. A subscription is required to view the C-USA Live Streaming on Saturday. Fox Sports Network is set to televise Sunday's final events on tape delay.
Fans can purchase an all-session ticket for $20 for adult and $10 for youth (12-17 year olds) that is good for all three days of the championship. Single day tickets are $15 for adult and $6 for youth (12-17 year olds). Admission is free for children age 11 and under, and for students with valid ID cards who attend a C-USA member institution.
Tad Gormley Stadium
Home of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trails and terminus of the Crescent City Classic race, the Stadium is a 26,500 permanent seat facility consisting of a 400 meter internationally marked polyurethane track, natural turf football or soccer field, three locker rooms, press box with seating for 110, press suite with seating for 40, and electronic scoreboard and sound system.
In addition to sporting events, Tad Gormley has hosted numerous performing artists including the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Jimmy Buffet.
Adjacent to the Stadium is the 400-meter, polyurethane City Park Track.