Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will host the 2013 Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships, February 14-16 at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md.

Competition will begin on Thursday at 1 p.m. with the men's heptathlon followed by the women's 5,000m and women's long jump at 1:15 p.m. The day continues with the men's 5,000m and semi-finals of the men's and women's 200m races. Day one concludes with the men's long jump final.

The championships continue Friday, February 15, with the men's heptathlon at 9 a.m. Other field events on Friday's slate include the women's pentathlon, men's and women's high jump, and men's and women's weight throw. The student-athletes return to the track to compete in the semifinals of the men's and women's 60m hurdles, 60m dash and 400m dash. The day closes out with the men's and women's distance medleys.

The competition concludes on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the women's shot put, men's and women's pole vault, and the men's and women's triple jump. Running events begin at 1 p.m. with the women's mile run. Rounding out the afternoon's events will be the men's and women's 4x400m relay race at 3:25 p.m.

A complete schedule of events and live statistics for the 2013 MEAC Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships can be found at

Admission for the Indoor Track and Field Championships is free on Thursday, February 14 and $5.00 daily on Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16. Tickets are available at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.
Check out the interview with new head track and field coach Marc Harrison, who was hired on Monday, Feb. 11.

The MEAC Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship will be Harrison's debut as the director of the program.

Q: Coach Harrison, I understand that you've made appearances at countless championships at different schools throughout your coaching career. But coming into the program at such late point in the season, what pieces of your training program have you put in place and hope to see this weekend?

A: Taking a job at this late juncture is a challenge for anybody. It's too late to try anything new and Coach Cousins has done an outstanding job of preparing these student-athletes for MEAC competition. My job this week is to inject a renewed enthusiasm for Howard Track and Field, and have them mentally ready to compete on this stage.

Q: How have you been motivating and correcting some of techniques that you feel need corrected, if any, this late in preparation for the meets and competitions?

A: Coach Cousins has done an outstanding job holding down the fort in these transitional months and into Indoor season. With me coming onboard this week, we can now give more attention to the different disciplines on the track and in the field. We had a team meeting last night and the team left out VERY enthused and has now "renewed" their mindset to coincide with the rules and goals of the program.

Q: How will your knowledge and success in Track & Field be applied this weekend?

A: Historically, teams under my direction have done extremely well at the conference level. I feel that the Bison are prepared to shock some folks this weekend. Although, I cannot claim their preparation, I have the utmost confidence in Coach Cousins!

Q: What most motivates you about your student-athletes?

A: Having the opportunity to coach at Howard University is motivating in itself. It's a blessing to follow the footsteps of the great coaching history here (including Bill Moultrie who served as my mentor while at Bowie State). Also to have a good number of qualifiers to MEAC's where some are expected to finish at the top of the podium.

Q: How will you encourage and push your athletes to perform at their highest level of competition over the next three days? Give us a preview of your pep talk…

A: "IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE, YOU DON'T BELONG!" These student athletes are prepared, and have earned the right to have success this weekend, my peers are extra motivated to initiate me into the MEAC coaching fold. My reputation will put pressure on my student athletes… and pressure makes diamonds!

Q: How do these student-athletes differ from the student-athletes you have coached in previous championships?

A: I wouldn't say that they have many differences from any other program; I'm just getting to know them. And they're getting to know me! It's just a challenge to predict how well they will perform, when I've only been with them this week.

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