Georgia Southern is ready for the 2013 Southern Conference Outdoor Championships, being held at home today and Sunday Competition begins at 8 a.m. with the first half of the Decathlon events for the men and at 8:30 a.m. for four of the seven Heptathlon events. Admission is free.
“We are definitely excited to have this meet at home where families and friends have an opportunity to come see us compete,” said Georgia Southern coach Marlo Mincey. “Whether we are at home or on the road, I always hope for the same thing — consistency — and going out there and performing like Eagles. We want to compete really hard, make sure we put 100 percent out there and do what we practice, that’s what we are expecting.”
A traditional power in the sprints, six Eagles will compete in both the 100-meter and 200-meterm dash events with seniors Jasmine Billings and Ebony Carter setting the tone in the individual events and Amber Vaughn racing in the 400m Dash, as a member of the 4x400m Relay and anchoring the 4x100m Relay. Billings is also slated for the 100m Hurdles and Vaughn for the high jump.
“We talk about the fine tuning that we continue to do in sprints, in the race plans, in field events, and preparing and then being prepared for the postseason,” Mincey said. “Everything is technical — understanding your body, understanding your race, making sure you have been executing what what you have been practicing, and being mentally focused, and then fine-tuning all those aspects. This weekend is the culmination of all that preparation.”
Trials for all the sprint events will be held this afternoon with the finals contested Sunday afternoon.
The 4x100m Women’s Relay final is scheduled for 1 p.m., Sunday with the Men’s to follow. The 4x400 Relays, the final events of the weekend, are set for 5:15 p.m, Sunday. Field events finals will be contested throughout both days beginning at 12 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
Mincey is the first former Southern Conference Track and Field student-athlete to return as a head coach and her name is still etched in the Georgia Southern record book for the 400m Hurdles with top-five times in the 400m Dash and as a member of the 4x400m Relay team.
Georgia Southern spent the last two weeks tuning up its performances for this weekend with several team members making the trip to the Florida Relays for three relays and one individual event.
Twenty-three Eagles are currently ranked in the top 10 of their individual events headed into the SoCon Championships with two individuals, Alyssa Felton (Long Jump) and Aishya Wofford (Discus) holding the No. 1 ranking. Georgia Southern’s 4X100m Relay is also at the top of the league list.