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Albany State postpones Alice Coachman Invitational Track Meet

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Albany State University has postponed the 19th Annual Alice Coachman Invitational Track Meet. Originally scheduled for Saturday, April 2, the meet has been postponed until Saturday, May 15, ASU athletic administrators have announced.

Schedule conflicts and track reconditioning were the main reasons for the postponement, interim ASU Athletics Director Richard H. Williams said.

“Albany State has launched a project to refurbish the Robert Cross Track and Field facility on campus and the project is just not complete enough to have the meet,” Williams said. “We want to ensure the safety and well being of all of our student-athletes as well as student-athletes of our competitors.”

Williams said many of the events had already been moved to Hugh Mills Stadium, but postponing was the best decision. “We have split the meet between the two facilities for years, but we believe that we acted in the best interests of the student-athletes.”

In addition to the track renovations, many schools which normally compete in the Coachman meet had schedule conflicts.

“We have several teams who usually compete in the Coachman meet, but had schedule conflicts,” Williams said. “Adjusting the date will give our usual opponents an opportunity to run in their favorite meet on May 15.”

All throwing events, including the hammer throw and javelin throw competitions, will be held at the ASU facility, and all other track and field events will be held at the Mills complex during the meet held in honor of Alice Coachman-Davis, the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

For more information about the meet or entry information, call 229-430-4761 or 229-430-4673.

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