Alabama State teams to open outdoor track season

The Alabama State women's and men's track teams will open the outdoor track season Saturday at the Southern Miss Invitational.

Both teams are coming off top performances during the indoor season. The Lady Hornets won the women's SWAC title, while the men finished third overall.

"Coming off a successful indoor season, I'm excited about going into the outdoor season," Alabama State track coach Ritchie Beene said. "I know it's going to be a challenge going into the outdoor season because the bulls' eye is on our back. We have several teams that are going to be gunning for that outdoor championship. We just want to take one meet at a time, one practice at a time and put together a game plan to go out and be successful by the time we get to the outdoor championship in New Orleans."

The ASU women are the defending conference outdoor track champions.  Kesia Derilus, the outstanding track performer at this year's indoor SWAC Championships, will again be one of the top headliners for the Lady Hornets in the distance events. She finished third in the 5,000-meter run last year and fourth in the 1,500 at the conference event.

The men's track team tied for third at the SWAC Outdoor Championships last season.  The 4-x-400 relay team of Delorean Peek, Charles Flewellen, Vincent Butler and Jonathan Franklin which finished second at the SWAC Championships last season, returns intact this season.

Peek and Franklin are the defending conference champions in the 800 meter run and 400 meter run, respectively.


DATE                           EVENT                                     LOCATION

March 12                             Southern Miss Invite                      Hattiesburg, Miss.

March 18-19                       Texas Southern Relays                  Houston, Texas

April 8-9                               Texas Relays                                      Austin, Texas

April 15-16                           War Eagle Invitational                    Auburn, Ala.

April 23                                 Coach "O" Classic                             Troy, Ala.

April 28 –May 1                 SWAC Championship                      New Orleans, La.

May 14                                 Georgia Tech                                     Atlanta, Ga.

May 26-28                           NCAA Regional                                  Bloomington, Ill.

June 8-11                             NCAA Championship                      Des Moines, Iowa

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama State University Athletics