BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern College indoor track & field team will begin its 2011-2012 season this week by co-hosting, along with UAB and Samford, the first-ever collegiate indoor meet at the new Birmingham CrossPlex. The Birmingham Icebreaker & Multis Indoor Track & Field Meet will be held this Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 7-8, 2011.
The BSC women are excited about continuing to build upon the solid foundation set during the 2010-2011 season, where the women recorded several top indoor bests within the history of the program. Returners for the Panthers include junior Jessica Thornton, a NCAA National Qualifier in the 800m and school record holder, and sophomore Tiarra Goode, BSC Co-Female Newcomer of the Year and another NCAA National Qualifier in the 100m, 100m hurdles, and 200m.
On the men's side, the Panthers are also coming off a solid year from 2010-2011. Senior Mitch Swanson will be the joined by sophomore Hank Ballard as two of BSC's top field event athletes, in addition to junior Robert Willett, who was a NCAA National Qualifier in the 800m during his outdoor campaign.
"We are very excited to be co-hosting indoor meets at the Birmingham CrossPlex," Head Coach Kenneth Cox said. "It is a world-class facility and we feel blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of making history and showing visiting teams what track & field is like here in Alabama.
"This is a facility that will serve our community, the state of Alabama and the country very well and we hope to be a part of the tremendous growth potential as our men's and women's teams continue to grow and compete at the conference and national levels."
Cox is in his fourth year at Birmingham-Southern and his third as the Head Cross Country/Track & Field Coach after serving as the assistant coach his first season. Cox has also been appointed by the administrative assistant to Mayor William Bell to serve on the advisory committee for the Birmingham CrossPlex.