BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic University athletic department has released the track and field program’s full spring schedule, indoor and outdoor, to kick off in early January of 2018.
The squad will compete in four regular season indoor events and seven different meets in the outdoor season ahead of each conference championship, providing the individuals with necessary experience, according to Head Coach Alex Smolka.
“We are very happy about how our indoor and outdoor schedule turned out,” he said. “We’ll be able to compete against top-level competition and give our student-athletes the opportunity to gain invaluable experiences prior to our indoor and outdoor C-USA championships.”
The 2018 indoor campaign begins with back-to-back competitions in Birmingham, Alabama. On Friday, Jan. 12, it’s the Blazer Invitational, followed by the Vulcan Invitational the following day. Two weeks after, the team will travel to New York City for the Dr. Sander Invitational on Jan. 26, and then on to Boston on Feb. 2 and 3 for the BU Bruce Lehane Scarlet and White Invitational. Birmingham will also be the host city for the 2018 Conference USA Indoor Championship, Feb. 17-18.
Mid-March will mark the beginning of the outdoor season. The first meet will be Miami’s Hurricane Invitational, March 16-17, followed by the USF Invitational in Tampa, March 23-24. The weekend of March 29 will see the Owls participate in two competitions, the UF Florida Relays in Gainesville (March 29-March 31) and the Embry-Riddle Spikes Classic, March 30. Back-to-back meets at UM are next, the Hurricane Alumni Invitational (April 6-7) and Hurricane Collegiate Invitational (April 14), and the last regular season meet is in Jacksonville, the North Florida Invitational, April 27.
This year’s C-USA Outdoor Championship is scheduled for May 10-13, in Houston. The NCAA East Preliminaries will be in Tampa, May 24-27, and the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship are set for June 6-9 in Eugene, Oregon.
“Because our indoor schedule requires us to travel a great deal, we wanted to make sure we stay fairly close to home during our outdoor season,” said Smolka. “Both schedules (indoor and outdoor) set our student-athletes up to compete against top-level competition virtually every weekend we compete. We wanted to make sure we give our team the tools to compete at a very high level regularly, so the bright lights of the C-USA championships will only inspire them not make them nervous.”