The Arkansas State University men's and women's indoor track and field teams return to action following lengthy layoff and will make their 2014 debut this weekend (Jan. 17-18) at the Kentucky Collegiate Track and Field Invitational in Lexington, Ky.
" After a long Christmas holiday break, we're anxious to get started with our indoor season," said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. "The Kentucky meet is a competitive one and will take place in a quality facility. We didn't attend this meet last year, but are taking some of our top athletes to shake off the rust a little bit and hopefully we will have some good performances."
The meet, which will be held at UK's E.J. Nutter Field House, starts this Friday (Jan. 17) with the a field event in men's and women's competition. The weight throw event for the women opens the meet schedule and is set for 5 p.m. (ET) with the men to follow at 7:30 p.m. (ET). The distance medley relay for both the women and men commence the running events as the women's race starts at 8:30 p.m. (ET) proceeded by the men's relay at 8:45 p.m. (ET).
Action continues on Saturday (Jan. 18) with the high jump beginning at 9 a.m. (ET) and in the running events, the semifinals of the 60-meter hurdles at noon and 12:10 p.m. (ET), respectively.
The Nutter Field House on the UK campus, which serves as a regular host of the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships, is an impressive $8.5 million dollar climate-controlled facility and features a field turf football surface of 108,00 square feet. The facility also contains a six-lane, 291-meter Mondo track with a nine-lane 120-meter sprint straight away.
Arkansas State will be returning to the track for the first time in more than a month as the Red Wolves' last competition was the ASU Kickoff Klassic held on Dec. 1 at the A-State Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark. A-State received several noteworthy performances in its season-opening meet such as senior Sharika Nelvis setting school, meet, and facility records in the women's 55-meter dash while sophomore Emenderlyn Iwuji took top honors in the long jump and the triple jump. In the men's competition, senior Richard Chavez established a first-place A-State mark in shot put.
Following this weekend's meet, Arkansas State returns home to host the A-State Invitational next Friday, Jan. 24, in Jonesboro, Ark. The field events start at 10 a.m. (CT) and the running events commence at 11 a.m. (CT). The finals get underway at 1:30 p.m. (CT).