CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami track and field program will open the new year competing at the two-day Kentucky Invitational Jan. 11-12 at E.J. Nutter Field House. It is the first of seven scheduled indoor meets leading up to the NCAA Championships.
"I am really looking forward to competing and seeing where we are," director of track and field/cross country Amy Deem said. "We have a young, hard-working enthusiastic group of student-athletes. Everyone is excited to get to Kentucky to start the indoor season."
The men's and women's teams will each compete in a total of 11 events at the opening meet, including sprints, hurdles, distance, relays, throws and jumps. Field events will open the meet Friday at 5:30 p.m., with a full slate of running events and additional field competitions Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
Senior All-American Samantha Williams will lead the women in both the long and triple jumps. She finished third in the triple jump at the ACC Outdoor Championships (12.99m) last season and was seventh at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (13.34m). Williams also took part in the Jamaican Olympic Trials.
The women will be well-represented in the sprints, with three Canes running in both the 60m and the 400m.
On the men's side, the team also looks for jumps to be a strength, while expectations are also high for sprints and relays. The Hurricanes will send out two groups in the 4x400m relay, with sophomore Phillip Dorsett set to compete in that and the 60m dash in his track debut. Dorsett was named Third-team All-ACC by Phil Steele for his efforts as a wide receiver for the football team in the fall. Several athletes from cross country will run distance events for UM this weekend.
Nutter Field House is an $8.5 million climate-controlled facility that features a field turf football surface of 108,000 square feet, surrounded by a six-lane, 291-meter Mondo track with a nine lane 120m sprint straight away. It is a regular host of the SEC indoor track and field championships.