ATLANTA — For the first time in school history, the Georgia State track team will compete in an indoor conference championship in the Sun Belt Indoor Track Championship on Feb. 24-25 in Jonesboro, Ark.

Neither of the Panthers’ two former conferences, the Atlantic Sun and the Colonial Athletic Association, sponsored indoor track meets while GSU was a member institution. Georgia State announced their intent to join the Sun Belt in July 2012.

The meet will be hosted by Arkansas State at the ASU Convocation Center, which is also the site for the Red Wolves’ men’s and women’s basketball home games.

The first day of competition begins at 10:00 a.m. with the men’s long jump, and the women’s high jump and shot put. The day concludes with the finals of the men’s and women’s distance medley relay races.

On the second day of competition, the first events are the men’s weight throw and the women’s triple jump, which will begin at 9:00 a.m. The meet finishes with the 4x400m relays at 4:40 p.m.

Georgia State has 16 individuals and relay teams within the top-10 marks in the conference this year.

Katharine Showalter has the fastest time in the Sun Belt in the 5,000m (16:51.83), the sixth fastest in the mile, the ninth fastest in the 3,000m and the 16th best in the 800m. The senior’s 5K time now stands as a new school record in the event. Showalter has twice been named the Sun Belt Track Athlete of the Week during the course of the indoor season.

In the sprint events, Jackie Obi has the seventh fastest time in the 400m and Wande Brewer is ninth in the 200m. Tamara Moore ran the fourth best time in the 55m hurdles and was part of a 4x400m relay team that is 5th best in the Sun Belt.

Along with Showalter in the distance events, Hannah Stefanoff has run the sixth best 3,000m time in the conference and fourth best in the 5,000m. Jennifer Rubel recorded the third best 5K time. Niamh Kearney has the eighth best time in the 800m and the seventh in the mile.

At the conference championship, the top-three finishers in each event are named All-Sun Belt performers. The top-eight finishers in each event score points for their team.

Last season, Middle Tennessee State took home the women’s conference championship. Their score of 108 just edged out second-place North Texas with 107 and FIU who finished third with 102. Western Kentucky captured the men’s Sun Belt title with a score of 160.5 points.

Georgia State did not compete in an indoor conference championship last season as a member of the CAA. The Panthers finished third at the CAA outdoor track and field championships in 2012 after winning their first conference championship during the 2011 season.