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W&M Track and Field Announces 2014 Schedules
Updated: Friday 12/06/2013 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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William and Mary Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Stephen Walsh announced the Tribe's 2014 track schedule today, which could include up to 27 events for the exceptionally talented.  The slate breaks down to 18 regular-season invitationals and opens (nine indoor, nine outdoor), as well as nine championship meets (two indoors, seven outdoor).  W&M will once again be hosting three events, the 35th Annual Sentara Colonial Half Marathon on Sunday, Feb. 23, and two outdoor meets, the Tribe Invitational March 21-22 and the 49th Annual Colonial Relays April 3-5.

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The indoor loop begins on Saturday, Dec. 7, with the CNU Holiday Open in Newport News, before the winter break begins.  The next race isn't scheduled for another five weeks, with the Tribe resuming competition Jan. 17-18 at the Virginia Tech Invitational, and one week later at the CNU Captain's Invitational.  A trip up to Fairfax for the Patriot Games Invitational follows on Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

The next month of races includes the Vince Brown Invitational at CNU on Feb. 8, and a mid-west trip for select athletes on Feb. 14-15 for the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, to race against some of the top competitors around the nation.  Also on that weekend, Feb. 14, is the Rider-Lafayette Invitational at the Armory in New York City for the rest of the team.  The traditional regular-season ender for the indoor season is the Virginia Tech Challenge, Feb. 21-22, while select athletes will also race in Fairfax on March 2 at the GMU Last Chance qualifier.  Tribe athletes who have hit the required marks over the season will compete at the IC4A and ECAC Championships March 7-9 in Boston, Mass., and the indoor season will draw to a close March 14-15 at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.

W&M will greet the spring and the start of the outdoor season at home, hosting the Tribe Invitational at Zable Stadium and the Dan Stimson Throwing Events Area on March 21-22.  Traditionally, the Friday evening session includes the 10,000m run as well the hammer throw, before the rest of the events begin Saturday morning.  One week later, the Tribe finds itself in Richmond for the Fred Hardy Invitational, March 28-29, before returning home for the 2014 Colonial Relays April 3-5.  The Colonial Relays, now in its 49th year, is one of the few non-championship meets to include team scoring in all events and crowned Rutgers as both the men's and women's champions last year.

A final trip to Fairfax for the Mason Spring Invitational comes on April 12, before the Tribe's only split-weekend of the outdoor season.  Nationally-competitive athletes will head to Walnut, Calif., for the Mt. SAC Relays April 17-19, while the balance of the team will compete either at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J. (typically distance and middle distance) or at the CNU Captains Classic (typically sprinters, jumpers, throwers).  Both meets will be held April 18-19.

W&M closes out April, and the majority of its non-championship racing, at the world-famous Penn Relay Carnival April 24-26 in Philadelphia.  The Colonial Athletic Association Championships are the following week, May 2-3, hosted this year by James Madison in Harrisonburg.  The Tribe is the defending champion on both the men's and women's sides of the competition.  On May 9-10, select athletes will compete at the UVA Challenge in Charlottesville, taking one final shot at earning NCAA qualifying marks.

The bulk of championship racing begins one week later, with the IC4A/ECAC outdoor championships in Princeton, May 16-18.  After a break of two weeks, the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships will begin with the East and West Prelims, May 29-31.  The Tribe will compete in the eastern region in Jacksonville, Fla., where the top 48 competitors in every event will face off for one of 12 chances to advance to the final site.  The championship round returns to Eugene, Ore., and the University of Oregon for the second year in a row, and will be held June 11-14.

At the conclusion of the collegiate season, there are still several more championship opportunities for the Green and Gold's top athletes.  The USAT&F Senior National Championships will take place June 26-29 in Sacramento, Calif., while the Junior National Championships will be hosted by the University of Oregon July 5-6.  Athletes who won't turn 20 until the 2015 calendar year or later are eligible for junior competition this summer.

The juniors-only competition continues at Oregon July 22-27, with the World Junior Championships.  The final championship of the year comes August 8-10, with the NACAC U-23 Championships in Kamloops, British Columbia.  The Tribe had athletes compete at the North America, Central America, and Caribbean meet in both 2008 and 2012.

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