Marquette Announces 2011-12 Track & Field Schedule

Tyler O'Brien looks to defend his 100- and 200-meter titles at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational this year.

Nov. 9, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field programs have announced their schedules for the 2012 indoor and outdoor seasons.

“I am excited about this year’s schedule,” Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. “As always, we will face top-notch competition throughout the season that will help us prepare for the BIG EAST and NCAA Championships. We always try to balance bigger meets and smaller meets throughout the season to help us accomplish different training and competition goals. There are strong similarities to the 2011 schedule by design. We got a lot out of the schedule last year, and I want to continue that this year.”

For the fifth consecutive season, Rogers will take his squads to the Blue and Gold Invitational on Dec. 2 to open the indoor portion of the schedule in Notre Dame, Ind. The meet will feature mostly runners and jumpers for the Golden Eagles.

After winter break, MU will continue the indoor season when it travels to Madison, Wis., for the Badger Classic (Jan. 14), before competing in the annual cross-town dual meet at Milwaukee on Friday, Jan. 20.

After back-to-back in-state competitions, the Golden Eagles will head to Ames, Iowa for the Bill Bergan Invitational on Jan. 27-28. The Lied Recreational Center, on the campus of invitational-host Iowa State, features an eight-lane 300-meter track that will provide an opportunity for MU's runners to compete on a larger surface.

The Golden Eagles will open up the month of February with the prestigious Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame on Feb. 3-4 before competing at the Hoosier Hills Invitational in Bloomington, Ind., on Feb. 10-11.

Junior Kyle Winter turned in a first-place finish in the 800-meter run and recorded the fifth fastest time in school history at last year’s Meyo Invitational. The Hoosier Hills meet will provide MU with a last test prior to the 2012 BIG EAST Indoor Championships on Feb. 18-19 at the Armory in New York, N.Y.

The teams will close out the indoor campaign with a third trip to Notre Dame for the Alex Wilson Invitational on March 2-3.

The Golden Eagles begin the outdoor season in Tampa, Fla., at the USF Bulls Invitational on March 15-16. This will mark the third straight season that Rogers has taken his teams to USF Invitational to open the outdoor campaign.

Red-shirt senior Tyler O'Brien will attempt to defend his 100- and 200-meter dash titles when the Golden Eagles compete at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational on March 30-31 in Cincinnati, Ohio before returning home to host a dual meet against Milwaukee at the Melvin “Bus” Shimek Memorial Track & Field Facility at Valley Fields on April 5.

Athletes will participate in the Lee Calhoun Invitational on April 13-14 in Macomb, Ill., before traveling to California for three different meets on the weekend of April 19-21.The MU track and field teams will have representatives at the Mt. Sac Relays, Bryan Clay Invitational and Long Beach Invitational that weekend.

Following the California trip, MU will host the Marquette Invitational at Valley Fields on Saturday, April 28. The event will serve as a last chance to qualify for the 2012 BIG EAST Outdoor Championship in Tampa, Fla., on May 4-6.

“Hosting two home meets again is a big deal for us and we are excited to be returning to the Valley in 2012. We always have a nice following for our home meets, and are looking to get that back this year after a year off of having a home meet last year,” Rogers said.

The Dr. Keeler Invitational and the Cardinal Twilight on May 10-11 will provide the last chance for athletes looking to qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds.

The West Preliminary Rounds of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held in Austin, Texas on May 24-26.




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