Alabama athletics has a busy weekend on campus coming up. The Crimson Tide will be hosting major events in gymnastics, softball, track and field and men’s tennis.
The action begins on Friday at the Sam Bailey Track and Field Complex at 3:30 p.m. with the start of the Crimson Tide Invitational. The Alabama men, who won the SEC indoor championship, are ranked No. 6 in preseason outdoor rankings. The UA women are ranked 25th.
Friday’s key events include the men’s hammer throw, where UA’s Daniel Haugh is a favorite, along with the men’s and women’s 5,000-meter races. Action starts at 9:10 a.m. on Saturday, field events include the men’s high jump, where Shelby McEwen is a favorite, the women’s 200 meters, where Takyera Roberson is expected to contend, and the men’s 200 meters, where Crimson Tide sprinter Keitavious Walter is a standout. Relay events begin around mid-afternoon.
Also on Friday, Alabama men’s tennis hosts 20th-ranked Georgia at 6 p.m. The Crimson Tide will host 19th-ranked Tennessee on Sunday at 1 p.m.
UA will host the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional gymnastics meet at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday at 4 p.m. Sixth-ranked Alabama, No. 7 Michigan and No. 18 Georgia are among the teams vying for two spots at the NCAA Championships.
Alabama softball, ranked No. 16, hosts fourth-ranked Florida in a three-game series that begins Saturday at noon. The series will continue Sunday at 2 p.m., with the weekend’s action spilling over into Monday for the series finale at 6 p.m.