Samford Hosts SOCON Indoor Championships

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26th and 27th the SOCON indoor track conference championships will be hosted by Samford University at the Birmingham CrossPlex at 10 a.m. Sophomore Sarah Sanford stated that, “Samford gets to host the meet again so we are excited to be at the crossplex where most of our indoor meets are at.”

This will will be the 81st annual Indoor Track & Field Championship for the men and the 29th for the women. Western Carolina is the reigning champion on both sides and Samford finished runner-up last year.

Sanford commented, “The girls are sitting with a chance to win. We had a good team last year, but I think we filled the gaps that we needed with some really good freshmen. We also added some more distance runners so that will really help this year.”

Sanford was awarded Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for the week of February 3rd. Alongside her, Samford has had four other athletes nominated for athletes of the week. These also include Brandon Hazouri (nominated twice), Tray Oates, Jordan Highsmith, and Tatiana Taylor.

According to Sanford, “the seniors are all doing really well with personal records set and should score so it will be a good way for them to end their last indoor season.”

Admission is free and parking is $5. The meet will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.  The official schedule can be found below. The CrossPlex Address is 2337 Bessemer Road Birmingham AL 35208.

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Republican candidates are headed to Birmingham

Republican presidential candidates have been invited to participate in a forum at Samford University on Saturday Feb. 27 hosted by Yellowhammer News

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) are the only two candidates that have been confirmed so far. Other candidates are expected to announce if they will be participating in the next few days.

Each candidate will take the stage individually.  Cliff Sims, Chief Executive Officer of Yellowhammer will interview each participant during the forum.

The event will be held in Samford’s Wright Center. Tickets for the event sold out soon after it was announced. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and people must be at their seats by 2:30 p.m. The forum will begin at 3 p.m.

Superstation WYDE will broadcast the Forum live on radio station 101.1 FM.

Samford goes 2-2 in Mardi Gras Invitational

This past weekend, Samford’s Softball team participated in the Mardi Gras Invitational hosted by the University of South Alabama.

The tournament hit on only the second weekend of the season, but the team went well prepared. They played SIU Edwardsville on Friday and won 3-2. After the third inning, the Bulldogs were down 2-0, until they got back in the game scoring a point in the fourth inning and two in the fifth, and shutting out the Cougars for the rest of the game.

They then faced a loss to Southern Miss on Saturday morning, but then defeated the tournament hosts, South Alabama, later that day.

To round out the tournament, the Bulldogs played the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Sunday. The team lost, but not without putting up a fight. The Samford women got the first point of the game in the second inning. Going into the eighth inning, it was a tied game at 2-2, but Mississippi State pulled out a win, getting 3 points in the very end.

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