Albany State University will host the 19th Annual Alice Coachman Invitational Track Meet on Saturday, May 14, at ASU’s Robert Cross Track and Field Facility Albany, Ga. The field events, starting with hammer throw competition, are slated to start at 8 a.m. at the ASU complex. The track events will start at 11 a.m. with the long jump events.
The meet, which is sponsored by the ASU women and men’s track and field programs, will feature world-class athletes from several Division I and II teams, according to meet organizers.
“The Alice Coachman meet is also considered a last-chance meet for several teams and individuals,” ASU head coach Ken Taylor said. “It is the last chance for Division II teams to quality for the national championships and Division I teams to quality for regionals.”
Several Division I teams including Grambling State University, Southern University, Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman College, and Division II teams, including Morehouse College and Fort Valley State University, will compete, Taylor said.
Originally scheduled for April 2, the meet is held in honor of Alice Coachman-Davis, the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Coachman-Davis made history and gained international attention by capturing the high jump title with a record-setting jump of 5′ 6 1/8″ during the 1948 Olympic Games in London.
For more information about the meet or entry information, call 229-430-4761 or 229-430-4673.