Dec. 19, 2014
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SPRINGFIELD - The Missouri State track & field team will again face a challenging slate in 2014-15, including meets hosted by several national powers, director of track & field and cross country Ronald Boyce, announced Friday.
The schedule is highlighted by the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Feb. 28-March 1 and the outdoor championships in Bloomington, Ill., May 15-17.
"We are extremely excited about the opportunities we have to compete against some of the best teams in the county, where we will showcase our hard-working, talented student athletes," said Boyce. "Our team and staff are ready for another year of competition, and are confident that we will have successful indoor and outdoor track and field seasons."
The indoor season opens Jan. 9 at the Arkansas Preview, held in Fayetteville, Ark. The host Razorbacks finished seventh in the final USTFCCCA indoor rankings of the season last year. The Bears will then return to action the following week at the Missouri Invitational in Columbia, Mo., on Jan. 16. Missouri State will close out January at the UAB Vulcan Invitational in Birmingham, Ala., on Jan. 23-24.
February begins with a pair of Big Ten hosted meets, with the Bears traveling to the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite on Feb. 6-7 and then to the Purdue Fred Wilt Invitational on Feb. 14.
The NCAA Indoor Championships are scheduled for March 13-14 in Fayetteville, Ark.
The outdoor portion of the schedule features six meets before the Conference Championships hosted by Illinois State. The Bears were unable to showcase the newly built Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium this season due lack of Division I opponents able to fit a Springfield meet onto their schedules.
Outdoor competition begins in Austin, Texas on March 25-28 for the 88th Texas Relays followed by consecutive trips to Fayetteville, Ark., on March 27-28 for the Arkansas Spring Invitational and on April 10-11 for the John McDonald Invitational.
April will close out with a trip to Norman, Okla., for the John Jacobs Invitational on April 17-18, and then a visit with MVC opponent Drake, at the 106th Drake Relays on April 22-25.
The regular season will conclude with the third trip to Fayetteville in the outdoor season for the Arkansas Twilight on May 1.
Despite their best efforts to schedule a home meet in their inaugural season at Allison South, the Bears could not secure a date that worked for enough DI schools.
"The university, along with the support of the MSU students, has done a tremendous job with the upgrades of our facility," said Boyce. "We want to host a meet, but we must do it right. We will host in 2016, and the wait will be worthwhile."
The first round of the NCAA Outdoor Championships will be held on May 28-30 in Austin, Texas, with the finals set for Eugene, Ore. on June 11-13.