Highlighting the schedule are three indoor meets at the mini dome
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 10, 2015) – ETSU Director of Track & Field George Watts announced the Bucs’ 2016 schedule Thursday. In total the Blue and Gold are scheduled to compete in six indoor meets and nine outdoor competitions. The Buccaneers will get their indoor season underway hosting the David E. Walker Kickoff Classic inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center on David E. Walker Track at Gentry Field Jan. 8-9.
“We look forward to a great year of competition during the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons,” said Watts. “Our indoor schedule includes a third home meet named after legendary ETSU coach Dave Walker. It will be a smaller team meet, but very competitive for an early season competition.”
In addition to the event to open its season, ETSU will also host the ETSU Track & Field Invitational Jan. 15-16 and the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational Feb. 5-6. The Bucs will also take part in the Hilton Garden Invitational in Winston Salem, N.C., Jan. 29-30, and the Samford Invitational in Birmingham, Ala., Feb. 12-13, during the indoor part of their season.
The Bucs will return to Birmingham two weeks later to compete in the Southern Conference Indoor Championships on Feb. 26-27. Qualifying teams and student-athletes will then have the opportunity to compete in the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in mid-March in Birmingham, Ala.
“As always, one of if not the most important meet is the conference championship and I believe our schedule will have us adequately prepared for that part of the season,” said Watts.
The outdoor season will begin with a pair of meets in the North Carolina. First, the 49er Classic March 17-19 in Charlotte and March 25-26 at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh.
April will be a busy month for the Bucs as they will compete in six meets before getting to the Southern Conference Outdoor Championships May 12-13 in Cullowhee, N.C. ETSU will take in the Florida Relays and the Vertklasse Meeting April 1-2, Tennessee Relays April 7-9, Beynon Sports Catamount Classic April 15-16 and a pair of one day meets at Western Carolina April 29 and Appalachian State April 30.
The teams and student-athletes who qualify will head to the NCAA East Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla. May 26-28 and to try and advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. June 7-11.
“All in all I looked forward to watching our team compete and hope for record setting performances this year,” said Watts.
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