Track & Field Announces 2017-18 Schedule
Nov. 3, 2017
Head coach Bert Rodgers and his staff led the men’s and women’s teams to a decorated 2016-17 campaign in which the women swept both BIG EAST Championships for indoor and outdoor for the second consecutive season and the men took runner-up at both.
The indoor season is comprised of nine meets. The Golden Eagles begin the same way they have the past 10 seasons by taking part at the Blue & Gold Invitational hosted by Notre Dame on Dec. 1. It will be the squad’s only meet before winter break.
Upon returning to campus for the second semester, the Golden Eagles will compete six weekends in a row leading up to the BIG EAST and NCAA Indoor Championships. The Golden Eagles travel to Minnesota for the Jack Johnson Invitational (Minnesota), UW-Parkside for its annual classic meet, and UW-Madison for the Wisconsin Shell Shocker, to name a few.
The women’s squad is poised to defend their back-to-back titles when the BIG EAST Indoor Championships return to Ocean Breeze, N.Y. with the two-day competition beginning Feb. 23. The season will wrap up at the NCAA Championships, held at Texas A&M, March 9-10.
The outdoor season begins in Jacksonville, Fla. at the Spring Break Invitational hosted by the University of North Florida on March 23. It’s one of 15 scheduled meets for Marquette during the outdoor season.
The Golden Eagles will once again host the Marquette Duals for the third time in four years at the Shimek Track and Field Facility on Friday, April 6.
Marquette makes its annual west coast swing by competing at the Mt. SAC Relays (April 19-21), Bryan Clay Invitational (April 20) and The Beach Invitational (April 21). The historic Drake Relays take place the following weekend (April 26-18) where many of the nation’s top athletes compete in one of the most elite regular season meets.
The 2018 BIG EAST Outdoor Championship return to SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio after a year away. Two years after both the men and women captured their first outdoor crowns, the women’s side will aim for a three-peat, while the men look to overcome a narrow second-place finish from a year ago.
The outdoor season concludes with the NCAA Preliminary Round hosted by Sacramento State (May 24-26) as athletes from the west region try to qualify for the NCAA Championships (June 6-9), which will once again be held in Eugene, Ore.
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