Track and Field releases Indoor schedule
Dec. 1, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The University of Memphis track and field team has released its schedule for the indoor track and field season, beginning this weekend at the Arkansas State Kickoff Klassic. The Tiger track teams have 10 events on the schedule, with this weekend’s being the only meet prior to the Christmas holidays.
“The schedule is very diverse this year,” said Memphis head track and field coach Kevin Robinson. “The bigger meets will show where our top athletes stack up against the best in the nation, while some of the smaller meets we attend will give our younger athletes a chance to gain experience and build confidence.”
The Tiger track and field teams will kick back into the swing of things following the holiday break at the Early Bird Invite, hosted by Eastern Illinois, Jan. 22.
That meet will kick off an eight-weekend stretch that will feature Memphis at meets in seven different states. Jan. 28-29 will put the Tigers in Lexington at the Rod McCravy Memorial, the annual event dedicated to the memory of the former Kentucky athlete who passed away in his dorm room in 1987.
The first weekend of February will be a divided weekend; most of the Tiger track and field athletes will make their way to Carbondale, Illinois for the McDonald’s Invite, hosted by Southern Illinois; however, those who qualify will participate in the prestigious Husker Invite, hosted by Nebraska.
Two one-day meets will follow the busy first weekend, with the Tigers participating in packed days at the Hoosier Hills Invite (Feb. 11), hosted by Indiana University, and the Redhawks Invitational (Feb. 18), hosted by Southeast Missouri State.
Those one-day meets will allow for some rest before the Conference USA Indoor Championships, Feb. 25-26, in Houston, Tex., hosted by the University of Houston. Last season, the men’s squad finished fifth, with departed thrower Steffen Nerdal earning the honors of Male Performer of the Meet, while returners Robert Jackson (60m hurdles), Richard Lowe (400m dash) and Knut Syversen (shot put) earned top-three marks for Memphis.
The Saturday following the C-USA Indoor Championships will be the last chance for anyone to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships; Memphis will spend this time at the appropriately named Last Chance Meet in Fayetteville, Ark., hosted by Arkansas.
Indoor season will come to a close, for those who qualify, at the NCAA Indoor Championships, March 11-12, in College Station, Texas, with Texas A&M hosting the indoor championships for the second time in three years.
“Competing in these meets hosted by SEC and Big 10 schools gives our upper-echelon athletes a chance for national recognition on a big stage, while also giving our school a chance to showcase itself against the best in the nation,” said Robinson.