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Courtesy: Hurricanesports.com
          Release: 01/17/2013
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The University of Miami track and field program travels to Alabama this weekend to compete in the Auburn Invitational, which will be held at CrossPlex Indoor Track & Field Center.

"I think it's just going to be a great meet, just because of the quality of the teams that are going to be there," director of track and field/cross country Amy Deem said. "We'll see the difference with the SEC and ACC. Then TCU is coming from the Big 12 and UCF is coming from (Conference USA) so it's going to be a little bit higher level competition than we had at Kentucky."

The men's and women's teams will each compete in a total of 12 events, including sprints, hurdles, distance, relays, throws and jumps. Field events will open the meet Saturday at 9 a.m., while the running events kick off at 1 p.m.

Freshman thrower Isaiah Simmons will look to improve on his impressive collegiate track debut. Simmons, who finished second at last week's Kentucky Invitational, broke Vince Wilfork's nearly 12-year-old indoor shot put record with a throw of 17.87m.

The men will have two talented 4x400m teams competing at Auburn. The Canes' 4x400 team finished third last week at Kentucky.

Fresh off a second place finish in the long jump a week ago, junior All-American Samantha Williams will lead the women in both the long and triple jumps. Williams' jump of 5.94m bested her previous career indoor mark of 5.87m set at last year's ACC Indoor Championships.

Junior transfer Alaine Tate is one of several talented runners on the women's side. Tate, who finished second in the 800m in her Hurricane debut last week, will look to improve on her 2:10.60 time.

Constructed and opened in 2011, the Birmingham CrossPlex Indoor Track & Field Center is a world-class facility featuring an aquatic center with an Olympic-sized pool, and a state-of-the-art indoor track stadium. The track facility features a 200-meter hydraulically banked Mondo Super X track, eight-lane sprint track, and four-lane warm-up track. There is a double apparatus for all field events -- shot put, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, high jump.

Men's Entries

60m

Christian Cook
Phillip Dorsett
Bassim El-Sabawi

Timothy Richardson

200m
Joseph Ryan

400m
Christian Cook
Douglas Dourado

Garrett Nygren
Davin Johnson
Anthony Wolliston
Kenny Bowden

1 mile
Luke Fontaine
Greg Kaczka

3000m
Sean Pezzulo

60m high hurdles
TeQuille Jackson

4x400m
Phillip Dorsett, Christian Cook, Anthony Wolliston, TeQuille Jackson
Bassim El-Sabawi, Joseph Ryan, Garrett Nygren, Kenny Bowden

4000m DMR
Greg Kaczka, Davin Johnson, Douglas Dourado, Luke Fontaine

High jump
Innocent Jacob

Long jump
Timothy Richardson
Innocent Jacob
John-Patrick Friday

Triple jump
John-Patrick Friday

Shot put
Isaiah Simmons

Women's Entries

60m
Alyssa McClure
Elyse Houston

200m
Jokira Jiles

400m
Shannon Wright
Jamika Glades
Jasmyne King

800m
Taneisha Cordell
Alaine Tate

1 mile
Lindsi Arrington

60m high hurdles
Jamika Glades
Alexis Wright

4x400m
Jokira Jiles, Taneisha Cordell, Shannon Wright, Alaine Tate
Jamika Glades
, Alyssa McClure, Jasmyne King, Lindsi Arrington

High jump
Dakota Dailey-Harris

Long jump
Samantha Williams
Nicole Cummings
Elyse Houston

Triple jump
Samantha Williams
Alexis Wright

Shot put
Amber Monroe

Weight throw
Lea Johnson
Amber Monroe

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Schedule
 
Saturday, January 17
Track and Field at Nittany Lion Challenge
State College, Pa.
TBA
Friday, January 23
Track and Field at Rod McCravy Memorial
Lexington, Ky.
TBA
Friday, February 06
Track and Field at Virginia Tech Elite
Blacksburg, Va.
TBA
Friday, February 13
Track and Field at Tyson Invitational
Fayetteville, Ark.
TBA
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