Conference Week Part Deux - USA Athletics Scholarships

Conference Week Part Deux

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Following a relatively low key week, full blown action is set to resume Stateside as we head into  ‘Conference weekend’.  Although several conference meets were contested last weekend, the overwhelming majority are scheduled to take place this weekend.

Conference sees team rivalries from cross country being renewed, and many athletes will be doubling or even tripling in order to score maximum points for the team. It will also be the first championship of the season for the non-endurance athletes. The same format as cross country is used where schools compete within their own conference, with team and individual titles being up for grabs. However, just because conferences are championship events, do not be fooled into thinking that distance races will end up being slow and tactical affairs. On the contrary, due to the fact that conference meets are usually held on good tracks, we can almost guarantee that there will be numerous automatic qualifying performances achieved this weekend throughout the nation. It also represents the penultimate weekend to post national qualifiers.

Two of the conferences really stand out in terms of strength in depth of teams; the first of which is the MPSF Championships. The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, which consists of the PAC 12 teams (PAC12 does not offer indoor track) is being held at the supremely quick Dempsey Arena, Washington. With teams like Oregon, Stanford, Washington, Arizona , and now BYU being added this year, the distance races will be very competitive.

 At the other end of the scale, the SEC Championship will most likely be where you will see large numbers of top sprint and field event performances this weekend. It is a conference stacked with some of the traditional all round track and field teams; the likes of LSU, Florida, and Arkansas have all been successful in the past. With 7 top 25 teams on the men’s side, including top ranked Arkansas and 5 top 25 women’s teams, the SEC Championship will be a good indicator as to who the form teams are as we head towards NCAAs.

Below we have listed the major and mid major conference meets, as well as those where we anticipate that British or Irish athletes will be competing. We will conclude the weekend,  as usual, with a full round-up of the results. British and Irish interest is denoted below.

Flotrack will be offering live streaming of the MPSF here – http://live.flocasts.org/mpsf-live.html

ACC Indoor Championships –Boston, MA – Preview

Featuring Florida State, Duke

 Big 12 Indoor Championships  – College Station, TX - Preview

Featuring Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Iowa State

Conference USA Indoor Championships  – Birmingham, AL – Preview

Featuring Tulsa, UAB, Memphis

Horizon Indoor Championships  – Youngstown, OH – Preview

Featuring Butler

Ivy Indoor Heptagonal Championships  – Ithaca, NY – Preview

Featuring Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth and Brown

Missouri Valley Indoor Championships – Cedar Falls, IO - Preview

Featuring Wichita State

Mountain West Indoor Championships  – Albuquerque, NM – Preview

Featuring New Mexico, Texas Tech and Utah

MPSF Championships (Pac 12 equivalent) – Seattle, WA – Preview

Featuring Washington

Ohio Valley (OVC) Indoor Championships – Nashville, TN – Preview

Featuring Murray State

SEC Indoor Championships – Lexington, KY – Preview

Featuring Arkansas

Southland Indoor Championships – Norman, OK – Preview

Featuring Lamar, McNeese StateNCA

Sun Belt Indoor Championships – Murfreesboro, TN - Preview

Featuring South Alabama

Adams State and Concordia also both travel to their respective Conference meet this weekend too. Drew Graham, Matt Bond, Matt Clowes and Paletta, Gina will compete, fitness permitting.

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