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Deem Announces 2021 Indoor Schedule

by Ashleigh Young

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – 2020 is finally over and the Miami track and field program is hungry and ready to begin the 2021 season.

With three meets leading up to the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Clemson, the Canes will find comfort in familiar tracks and opponents leading to conference.

“The team returned to campus in August and they have not wavered in their commitment and desire to compete this indoor season,” director of track and field/cross country Amy Deem said. “We have a very competitive schedule and I’m excited to compete this indoor season and return to some sense of normalcy.”

Miami will travel to Texas Tech on Jan. 23 for the one-day Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational. In its first meet, Miami will compete against Texas Tech, Oklahoma, North Texas, Utah, UTEP and more local universities.

Senior hurdler Tiara McMinn is looking forward to returning to Tech’s Sports Performance Center. She boasted a personal-best and school record time of 7.95 seconds in the 60m hurdles, en route to winning the event last season.

“I just want to keep the ball rolling from last year,” McMinn said. “We went there last year, I won the meet with a personal record time so hopefully I can go back and do that again. It’s a fast track to run on.”

Once the meet in Texas is complete, Miami will find its way to Clemson, S.C. for three straight meets.

The Canes will travel to Clemson on Jan. 29-30 for the Bob Pollock Meet and on Feb. 12-13 for the Tiger Paw Invite prior to ACCs on Feb. 26-27.

With a fast track and runway and a slick ring, the Canes are excited to see the marks and times they can record this season.

“I think it’s going to be a good advantage for the whole team actually to be able to run on a fast track,” senior Alfreda Steele said.

McMinn and Steele believe the Canes have a real shot at winning another team title under the direction of Deem. McMinn has been a part of two team titles, while Steele has three to her name.

“We have people everywhere and we have talent in every event group and every aspect,” Steele said. “If we all come together and do the best we can, I think we can get another title under our belt.”

The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships will be hosted by Arkansas on March 12-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.