Gulf Coast Athletic Conference to Host HBCU Admission Fair at 2023 Outdoor Track and Field Championship

By GCAC Sports Information,


NEW ORLEANS, La. – Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Commissioner Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes announced Tuesday that the conference will hold an admission fair at the 2023 GCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship. The fair features all current members of the GCAC, and will include incoming member University of the Virgin Islands, who joins the conference July 1, 2023. The GCAC HBCU Admission Fair will be held Friday, April 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time at Lee Hedges Stadium in Shreveport, La. Interested participants are asked to register for the fair.

“Each of our championships is focused on creating an experience for all participants and giving back to the community in which the championship is being held,” said Baker Barnes. “I am especially excited about this outreach effort because I grew up in Minden (La.) and have fond memories of running track in this very stadium.”

Representatives will answer questions and provide information about the admission process, financial aid, majors, and other important details about their institution. For many young scholars, admission fairs are the entryway for learning what is possible for their academic future.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students in Shreveport and surrounding communities to connect with our conference and learn more about what each of our schools have to offer,” Baker Barnes stated. “We want our young people to know that HBCUs may be their perfect match, and having an admission fair at our championship is a great way to engage and educate them on the possibilities.”

The GCAC HBCU Admission Fair is free of charge with paid admission to the championship. Tickets are $5 for adults. Students can attend the championship at no cost when they present a student ID.

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2023 GCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship Schedule of Events

Lee Hedges Stadium
6115 E Kings Hwy, Shreveport, LA 7110
April 14 & 15, 2023

Thursday, April 13, 2023

6 p.m. Team Reception

Eleven Events, LLC., 1529 Texas Ave, Shreveport, LA 71103

Friday, April 14, 2023

1:30pm – 3:30pm HBCU Admission

Field Events

2 p.m.                    Long Jump (Men)

2 p.m.                    Discus (Women)

3:30 p.m.                Long Jump (Women)

3:30 p.m.                Discus (Men)

4:30 p.m.                Javelin (Men)

5:30 p.m.                Javelin (Women)

Running Events 

2:45 p.m.                4 x 800m Relay (Women, then Men)

Saturday, April 15, 2023

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. HBCU Admission Fair

Field Events 

10 a.m.                  High Jump (Men, then Women)

10 a.m.                  Triple Jump (Women, then Men)

10 a.m.                  Shot Put (Men)

11:30 a.m.             Shot Put (Women)

11:30 a.m.             Hammer Throw (Men)

1:40 p.m.               Hammer Throw (Women)

Running Events 

10:45 a.m.             National Anthem

10:50 a.m.             4 x 100m Relay

11:10 a.m.             1500m Run

11:40 a.m.             100m Hurdles

11:55 a.m.             110m Hurdles

12:05 p.m.              400m

12:30 p.m.              BREAK

1:30 p.m.               100m Dash

1:50 p.m.               400m Hurdles

2:15 p.m.               800m Run

2:45 p.m.               200m Dash

3:05 p.m.               5000m Run

4:05 p.m.               4 x 400m Relay

5 p.m.                    Awards Presentation

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