The Florida Gators track and field teams will be in Birmingham, Alabama the next two days for the UAB Invite as their 2014 indoor season begins. While this meet technically counts as a preseason event, because the USTFCCCA Poll will be announced on January 13th, the Gators can use this meet to see where they stand against some decent competition.
The Gators will be joined in Birmingham by Florida State, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and about twenty other teams. The action will begin today at the Birmingham CrossPlex with field events at 3:30 p.m. and running events beginning at 4:00 p.m. Saturday's events will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue on until after 4:00 p.m.
Mike Holloway's men's team will also look to bet back on track after winning three straight indoor national titles from 2010-2012 and then finishing second to the Arkansas Razorbacks last year in Fayetteville. All in all though, as the Gators prepare for yet another stellar season, in which they've dominated the track and field scene by winning five National Championships in four years (three indoor and two outdoor), they'll look to capture their first SEC Title since 2011.
As for the women's side of things, they've had some recent success too. They took a step back last year after winning the SEC Title the previous year but two SEC Titles (2010 and 2012) within the last four years is nothing to be ashamed about either.
You can follow all of the action live online courtesy of XpressTiming with results posted as soon as they are completed. The meet central page is available at UABSports and that is where you'll find information on the meet such as the heat sheets, performance lists, directions to and from the CrossPlex and everything else you can think of pertaining to the meet.
Good luck to both the Gators' men's and women's track and field teams as they begin their 2014 season.