While this is the first season in the Sun Belt for GSU, it is the last in the conference for FIU, who will be transitioning to Conference USA in 2014.
The three-day meet begins with multi-events, the discus throw and the 10,000m on Friday. Competition on both Saturday and Sunday is scheduled to run all-day. Click the link above to see a full schedule.
Entering into the meet, Niamh Kearney holds the second-fastest time in the conference in the 1,500m and the fourth-fastest in the 800m. Kearney’s 1,500m time of 4:29.16 is also the fourth-best time in school history for the event.
The Panthers have run three of the top-10 times in the conference in both the 3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m. Anna Sinclair recorded the third-fastest time in the 5K and the fifth-best in the steeplechase. The seventh-best mark in the 5K goes to Jennifer Rubel, who has also run the ninth-fastest 10K.
GSU’s 4x400m relay team compiled the third-fastest time in the Sun Belt, while the Panthers’ 4x100m relay was able to clock the conferences’ fourth-best mark during 2013.
In their first ever indoor track and field championship, Georgia State placed seventh out of twelve teams at the Sun Belt meet in Jonesboro, Ark. on Feb. 24-25, hosted by Arkansas State. The distance runners contributed 27 of 31 points for the Panthers at the conference championship.
During the indoor meet, Showalter finished fourth in both the mile and 3,000m to go along with a sixth-place finish in the 5,000m. GSU earned eight points in the 3,000m as Anna Sinclair finished seventh and Hannah Stefanoff was eighth behind Showalter. Jennifer Rubel also placed fifth in the 5K.
At last season’s CAA Outdoor Championship, the Panthers’ women’s track and field team placed third with 122 points, the GSU women’s squad fell only 4.5 points behind runner-up VCU and 10 behind the CAA champions James Madison. This spread represents the smallest margin between the top three teams at any conference meet in the nation in 2012.
The point total was also the second highest recorded by a GSU track and field team, behind only the 133 points scored in 2011 during the CAA title run. That marked the fifth time that the Panthers finished third in a conference meet.
Georgia State was led by three individual CAA champions in four events in Tamara Moore (100m hurdles, 400m hurdles), Katharine Showalter (3,000m steeplechase) and Angelia Nugent (triple jump). All told, nine individuals and one relay team earned All-CAA honors for finishing in the top three in their events.
Following the Sun Belt Outdoor Championship, those student-athletes who qualify will compete in the NCAA East Preliminary meet held in Greensboro, N.C. on May 23-25.