Stephen F. Austin University, the defending Southland Conference track-and-field champion, will be competing for the first time in the fifth annual Cardinal Invitational set April 11-12.
The University of the Incarnate Word’s track-and-field teams will be host to the meet with field events at Gayle and Tom Benson Field and throwing events at UIW Northeast Facilities at McCullough and Basse (behind the baseball field).
“We are looking forward to competing head-to-head with a strong program like SFA,” said Dr. Derek Riedel, head coach of the men’s and women’s track-and-field and cross-country teams. “Our meet is also exactly one month before the conference championships so it’s a great measuring point for us heading into the critical time of our season.”
Riedel is serving as assistant director of the meet while his track-and-field assistant, Rosemary Dupree, is serving as meet director.
“We are very excited to host our (invitational),” Riedel said. “Now that we are Division 1 we are able to attract a few established Division 1 programs, which will no doubt make our meet more competitive.”
Cardinal Invitational Schedule
This is a tentative time schedule which is subject to change based on the number of entries.
Friday, April 11
8:30 a.m.: Long jump, women and men, Benson Field.
10 a.m.: Shot put, women and men, and hammer throw, men and women, Northeast Facilities (NF).
1 p.m.: Javelin throw, women and men, NF.
Saturday, April 12 (all at Benson)
8 a.m.: 5,000meter run, women and men.
Noon: 110 meter hurdles, men.
12:15 p.m.: 100 meter hurdles, women.
12:35 p.m.: 1,500 meter run, women and men.
1:05 p.m.: 400 meters, women and men.
Senior Awards Ceremony following
1:45 p.m.: 100 meters, women and men.
2:10 p.m. 800 meter run, women and men.
2:25 p.m.: 4 x 200 meter relay, women and men.
2:40 p.m.: 400 meter hurdles, women and men.
3 p.m.: 200 meters, women and men.
3:20 p.m.: 4 by 400 meter relay, women and men.
Admission to the Cardinal Invitational is $5 for people 12 and older, $3 for children 6-11, and free for children 5 and younger.
Concessions will be available.