BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-The University of Memphis track and field teams kickoff the 2012-2013 indoor season, on Friday, at the BSC Ice Breaker. The Tigers return experienced men's and women's squads that each took overall fourth place finishes at last season's Conference USA Indoor Championships.
"I feel pretty good about where we are at," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "What we have done, I feel like, is created at team that is very deep in most of the events. We have weapons that can contribute in most of the events we are going to field this year."
The meet begins Friday at 3:15 p.m. (CT) with the men's weight throw followed by women. Saturday's action starts at 9 a.m. (CT) with a full slate of track and field events beginning with the 60m preliminaries. Results from both days will be posted on GoTgiersGo.com as they are made available.
Experience Counts The men's squad returns 30 athletes from a 2012 team that racked up a combined 16 All-C-USA performances and medals at the 2012 C-USA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Six returners on the men's team qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Regional. Additionally, the group returns one All-American, high jumper Georgio Lynwood, who finished 13th-overall at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships and one USA Junior National Qualifier, thrower Kyle Bynum.
For the women, the roster includes 25 returning athletes that hauled in a combined seven All-C-USA performances and medals during the 2012 season. Five of the returners qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Regional, including two USA Jr. National qualifiers, hurdlers Maya Williamson and Bronte' Smith.
No Stranger to the Venue This weekend's meet, hosted by Birmingham Southern College, will be held at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The Tigers competed in three indoor competitions at the site in 2011 (UAB Blazer Invitational, Vulcan Invitational and 2012 C-USA Indoor Championships).
This will once again be the first of three trips to the state-of-the-art facility during the indoor season. The Tigers are scheduled to return in February for the Samford Vulcan Invitational and Conference USA Indoor Championships.
Up Next The Tigers will return to action following the holiday break on January 11-12 at the Kentucky Invitational hosted by the University of Kentucky. The following week, Memphis will travel to Bloomington, Ind. for the Gladstein Invitational.