Track & Field Announces 2011 Indoor and Outdoor Schedules
Oct. 22, 2010
MARQUETTE - Head coach Bert Rogers and the Marquette University men's and women's track and field programs have announced their schedules for the 2011 indoor and outdoor seasons. The Golden Eagles will participate in 15 of the same meets from 2010 and will make their return to the Drake Relays on April 28-30 for the first time since 2007.
Marquette will begin its indoor campaign on Dec. 3 at the Blue and Gold Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind. for the fourth consecutive season. Seven Marquette student-athletes recorded meet titles in the indoor season opener in 2009-10, including a freshman-record time of 1:04.50 in the 500-meter dash from Kyle Winter. Returners Jack Hackett, (mile, 4:12.54) and Chanel Franklin (200, 25.67 seconds) also captured titles, while Spencer Agnew notched a Marquette freshman record in the 3,000-meter run.
"I really like how the indoor season came together, and I think we have a nice mix of local meets and big meets, which will set us up well to compete at the BIG EAST Championships," Rogers said. "The first few indoor meets at Wisconsin and Milwaukee will provide an opportunity for everyone to compete and it will be nice to compete locally before we start the bigger invites."
The squads will resume competition after winter break at the Badger Classic on Jan. 15 in Madison, Wis., before a cross-town dual meet at the University o f Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday, Jan. 22. The Golden Eagles and Panthers met on Jan. 23 of last year at the Klotsche Center and MU pulled out an exciting 70-68 victory on the men's side behind Winter's anchor leg of the 1,600-meter relay. The MU women were defeated 80-57 by their counterparts from UWM, although senior Erynn James notched an NCAA Provisional mark in the meet.
The Golden Eagles will close out the month of January at the Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames, Iowa on Jan. 29 before heading back to Notre Dame for the prestigious Meyo Invitational on Feb. 4-5.
"We haven't been back to Iowa State in a few years so it will be nice because they have a 300-meter track that is very similar to what we will be running on at the BIG EAST meet," Rogers said. "The Meyo Invitational is always one of the best indoor meets in the country and we will use the Hoosier Hills Invitational as a last chance for the athletes who need to qualify for the BIG EAST. We were looking to get on some bigger tracks this year because the conference meet is on a 300 track."
A trip to Bloomington, Ind., on Feb. 11 for the Hoosier Hills Invitational will provide the last test prior to the 2011 BIG EAST Indoor Championships on Feb. 19-20 in Akron, Ohio. The Golden Eagles competed in both the Meyo and Hoosier Hills Invitationals during the 2009-10 indoor season and will close this year's indoor campaign back at Notre Dame in the Alex Wilson Invitational on March 4-5.
Marquette will begin the outdoor season during the University's spring break on March 11 at the USF Open in Tampa, Fla. The throwers will compete in the opening weekend before they are joined by the rest of the squad for the USF Bulls Invitational on March 18. The Golden Eagles also began their 2010 outdoor schedule at the Bulls Invitational.
Assistant coach Mike Nelson is scheduled to take a group of distance runners to the Stanford Invitational on the weekend of March 25-26, while the rest of the team prepares for the season's stretch-run in April.
MU will compete at Cincinnati in the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational on April 2 before heading to Macomb, Ill., for the North Central Invitational on April 8-9.
Nelson will take another select group of distance runners along with some sprinters and jumpers out to the West Coast on April 14-16 at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays and the Long Beach Invitational. The remainder of the squad will compete at the DePaul Invitational, formerly the DePaul Relays, on April 16.
The Golden Eagles will head back to Bloomington, Ind., for the Hoosier Invitational on April 22-23 before participating in the Drake Relays on April 28-30 for the first time since 2007. Since 2008, Marquette has hosted the Marquette Twilight meet during this weekend, but due to construction at Valley Fields, MU will not host a home event in 2011.
"During the outdoor season, I think we have a nice mix of bigger meets and nice climates," Rogers said. "Since we are not going to be able to host home meets this year, I think we made some nice adjustments. We will have the crew going out to Mt. SAC and DePaul is hosting a home meet, which will be more local and have some good competition. We are doing a couple of new things like the Hoosier Invitational and making our return to the Drake Relays. I think we have some nice depth in our relay teams and we are really looking to break a few school records in some of the relays we don't get to run as often."
Any athletes not competing in the Drake Relays will compete at the Stan Lyons Invitational on April 30 in Indianapolis, Ind.
The BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships return to Villanova for the second time in three years on May 6-8 and the Golden Eagles will look to move into the top 10 of the men's and women's fields.
Following the conference meet, the Dr. Keeler Invitational and Louisville's Cardinal Twilight on May 12-13 will provide the last chance for athletes looking to qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Round (regional). In 2010, Nick Szczech ran a personal-best time in the 10,000-meter run at the Dr. Keeler Invitational to vault him into the regional field, while Blake Johnson also earned a regional berth in the steeplechase.
The West Preliminary Round of the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Eugene, Ore., on May 26-28. Eight Golden Eagles competed in the 2010 regional, the top Marquette mark since the regional format was instituted, and four of those student-athletes return. Senior Tyler O'Brien, a 2008 regional participant, will return during the outdoor season to join Johnson, Szczech, Peter Bolgert and Olivia Johnson as they look to return to the West Preliminary Round.
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