Published on February 23, 2016 by Herb Brooks  
Track Field indoor

Samford University athletics is preparing to host its second Southern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in as many seasons this upcoming weekend while also working with the Birmingham CrossPlex to host the 2016 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships March 11–12. 

The SoCon Indoor Track and Field Championships will take place Feb. 26–27 at the Birmingham CrossPlex. 

Samford’s proximity to the CrossPlex has been beneficial since the state-of-the-art complex opened in 2011. The Bulldogs have enjoyed being able to compete closer to home during the indoor season while also being able to compete in more events, according to Head Coach Rod Tiffin. 

“We’ve grown with those guys as they have grown. We started  on the ground floor, cohosting meets with Birmingham-Southern and UAB, and now it has branched into us taking over our own competitions,” Tiffin said. “Being able to get the SoCon Championships and the national championships just further emphasizes how well we work with the Birmingham CrossPlex,  A. J. [Holzherr] and the city of Birmingham. They  do a great job of putting on meets, and the venue is the best in the country.” 

The opportunity to host the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships speaks volumes about the reputation of the quality of service that the CrossPlex staff and Samford has provided in hosting past events such as the SoCon Indoor Championships, Tiffin added. 

“The experience that we gain every year just further enhances the marketability of the CrossPlex. I think the NCAA saw that we were hosting quality meets along with quality championships,” Tiffin said. “It was intriguing for them. They came in, took a look, and loved the facility and everything we had to say. They embraced the opportunity for Birmingham and Samford to host the NCAA Division I championships.” 

Samford Track and Field

 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.