Helmer Announces 2011 Track and Field Schedule
Aug. 31, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer has released the schedule for Indiana track and field for the 2011 indoor and outdoor seasons. The schedule includes nine meets hosted in Bloomington and sees the Hoosiers travel out of state nine times. The schedule features six home meets during the indoor season, including the 2011 USA Indoor Combined Events Championships, and three meets during the outdoor campaign, with the possibility of two additional meets being added to the home slate for the newly IAAF certified Billy Hayes Track.
"Having the ability to host quality meets each season allows us to avoid traveling across the country in search of good competition," said Helmer. "We're very fortunate to have world class facilities to train and compete on, and we are taking advantage of that with our schedule. We have also mixed in some big time meets away from home that should help prepare our student-athletes for the atmospheres they'll see when we get into the championship portion of the schedule."
The 2011 indoor campaign kicks off with the Hoosiers hosting three meets in the month of January, with the lone road meet a dual meet at Purdue on Jan. 15. The Hoosiers hit the road in the first two weeks of February, competing at the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame and the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. While most of the IU team will be on the road those two weeks, Gladstein Fieldhouse will still be busy with the Hoosier Invitational and Hoosier Hills Invitational.
IU then splits up in search of Big Ten titles. The women will compete at the Big Ten Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., and the men will be in Champaign, Ill. After the conference meet, the Hoosiers will have one last chance at qualifying for the NCAA Championships, and they will head to the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame. That weekend will also see Gladstein Fieldhouse play host the USA Indoor Combined Events Championships for the second-straight year.
The Hoosiers wrap up the indoor slate at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas. The Indiana men will look to improve upon a sixth-place finish at the national indoor meet in 2010.
The outdoor campaign begins on the final weekend of March. The Hoosier distance runners will head to Palo Alto, Calif., to compete in the distance festival at the Stanford Invitational. The rest of the team will head to Starkville, Miss., where they will compete in the Big Ten vs. SEC Challenge.
IU returns home for the start of April, hosting the Indiana Invitational on April 1 and 2. The next weekend, the Hoosiers head to Louisville for the Border Battle: "Kentuckiana," and then return home to host the Hoosier Invitational on April 22 and 23.
The Hoosiers compete at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia for the second straight year before wrapping up the regular season at home at the Billy Hayes Invitational on May 6.
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