BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Birmingham-Southern track and field is locked-in and ready to battle to the top of the Southern Athletic Association this season. The men are coming off a second place finish after winning back-to-back titles. The women have been steadily climbing in the rankings and are primed for a run at the championship.
MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
The Panthers return two All-American throwers in senior Kameren Morgan (Bowie, Md./St. Alban's School for Boys) and sophomore Luke Ballard (Hoover, Ala./Hoover HS). Morgan competed well during the indoor season this year, posting the fourth best weight throw mark in the country, breaking the existing BSC record, to earn a spot at the indoor national championships. The two-time outdoor national qualifier, all-region selection, and SAA champion will look to defend his title and continue to break records this spring.
"He brings leadership to the program and to these guys," said Head Coach Kenneth Cox of Morgan.
Ballard, who qualified for national's in javelin as a true freshman last year, will be defending his conference title as well. Other top returners for the Panthers are Shakir Campbell (Pensacola, Fla./Tate HS), Amir Sims (Orlando, Fla./Union Grove HS), John Jacobs (Albany, Ga./Deerfield-Windsor HS), Javon Jones (Mobile, Ala./Cottage Hill Christian Academy), and Garrett Talley (Collierville, Tenn./Collierville HS).
"It's the experience that these guys are going to be able to share with the rest of the team that's going to allow us to be successful this year," said Cox. "They work hard. They have committed themselves to doing the right things every day. And have also helped this team really come together."
The BSC coaching staff recruited a talented pack to join its experience core.
"I'm really excited about our young athletes," Cox noted. "I think they've had a chance through indoor to really get some good experience. And the energy that they bring as well as our upperclassmen, it's a special group."
WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
The women return three members of their SAA championship 4x100m relay team in Rebecca Bryant (Decatur, Ga./Marist School), Alexus Lindsey (Holly Pond, Ala./Fairview HS), and Taylor Trottman (Birmingham, Ala./Vestavia Hills HS). A two-time all-conference athlete, Bryant is a Jack of all trades for the Panthers, competing in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m, triple jump and long jump last season. Lindsey wasn't far behind her, competing in five events of her own, respectively.
"Rebecca is just special," said Cox. "She is one of those young ladies that you wish you had forever. She works hard, she's a leader. Her and Alexus work well together. They compliment each other and they both have taken on a leadership role within the women's program."
Other key returners for the Panthers are Marjorie Head (Columbiana, Ala./Shelby County HS) and Jazmin Norris (Vestavia Hills, Ala./Vestavia Hills HS). Head is coming off a successful cross country season where she earned all-region honors and is one of the top distance runners on the team.
"Jazmin has taken on a leadership role among our throwers and within the team," Cox said. "Expecting her to have a positive and successful outdoor season."
There are a host of newcomers to the Hilltop for the women, and each has the potential to contribute significantly to the team's success.
Cox noted, "our newcomers feed off our upperclassmen. In practice, out of practice, they have really bought into coming together as a family. We're all excited about what this group can do. And without a lot of seniors on this team, the future looks really bright."
BSC opens its 2019 season at home in the Southern Invitational March 8-9 at Krulak Stadium. They then head to the Doc Anderson Invitational hosted by Troy University March 15-16. This year's Hilltop Classic and senior day will be held on March 30. The 2019 SAA Championships will in Conway, Ark. hosted by Hendrix College April 26-27 with National Championships being held May 23-25 in Alliance, Ohio at the University of Mount Union.
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