Samford Track And Field To Compete In Tiger Paw Invitational
--- Bulldogs get first look at SoCon Indoor Championship facility ---
Feb. 11, 2010
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The Samford University track and field team will get its first look at the facility that will play host to the Southern Conference Indoor Championships this week. The Bulldogs will head to Clemson, S.C., Friday to compete in the Tiger Paw Invitational.
"We are really just looking forward to keep doing what we have been doing," Samford Head Coach Rod Tiffin said. "We've been really pressing the issue of looking within and taking care of business with each other. We don't want to worry about what the competition is doing. Instead, we want to keep doing our best and getting better every week."
The Tiger Paw Invitational will feature 24 schools and over 1,100 student-athletes for the two-day meet. Friday's events will kick off at 4 p.m. CT, with the 60-meter dash followed by the 60-meter hurdles and the mile.
Junior Hillary Neal and Cameron Bean should highlight the mile for the Bulldogs this weekend. In the past two competitions, Neal finished second at the Niswonger Invitational and won last week at the Middle Tennessee State Invitational. She was honored this week with the SoCon Track Athlete of the Week award as her time of 2:12.75 currently leads the conference.
Bean was nominated for the men's honor this week after winning the men's mile at the Middle
Tennessee State Invitational. His time of 4:17.60 improved his personal best by 13 seconds.
The day one events will close out with the long jump and high jump.
Saturday's events will begin at 11 a.m., with the distance medley followed by the 400-meter dash and the 800 meter run. The action on Saturday rounds out with the pole vault, an event which the Samford men have dominated in the last two weeks of competition.
To kick off the season, the Bulldog men took the top three spots in the pole vault at the Niswonger Invitational as newcomer Michael Seaman won the event with a school record of 16-06.75. Junior Patrick Wells took second place with the second-best height in school history (16-00.75) while freshman Ryan Cook grabbed third with a personal best of 15-07.00.
Last week at the Middle Tennessee State Invitational, Samford dominated again with a sweep of the top three as well as fifth, sixth and seventh places. This time Patrick Wells grabbed first place with Cook and Epperson behind while multi athletes Chas Keithan, Brandon Bassett and Donald Cooper all cleared personal bests.
Seaman was awarded the SoCon Field Athlete of the Week honor two weeks ago for his accomplishment in the first week of competition while Wells received the same honor this week for his performance last Saturday.
The men were not the only ones being honored for their accomplishments in the pole vault as freshman Laura Bedsole has become one to watch in the women's pole vault. She was named the women's Field Athlete of the Week for her success in the event last week. She vaulted a personal best of 11-6, which is the second-best mark in school history.