Nov. 25, 2015
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SPRINGFIELD - The Missouri State track and field team will again face a challenging indoor and outdoor slate in 2015-16, including the program's first home meet at Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium, director of track and field and cross country Ronald Boyce, announced Wednesday.
The schedule is highlighted by the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Feb. 27-28 and the outdoor championships in Terre Haute, Ind., May 13-15.
"After three months of training it is time to compete, which is a huge relief for the team that has been working extremely hard," commented Boyce. "It's an early season meet, in which we look to knock off some rust and see where we are as we head into 2016. We will take a look at our freshmen, which is always exciting to see how they perform at this level. We will have fun in Kansas."
The indoor season begins at the Bob Timmons Classic in Lawrence, Kan. host by national powerhouse Kansas on Dec. 4. The Bears will also travel to indoor meets hosted by Missouri, Arkansas, and Nebraska through February before heading to the MVC Indoor Championships. The NCAA Indoor Championships is scheduled for March 11-12 in Birmingham, Ala.
The Bears kick off the outdoor season on March 26 at the Arkansas Spring Invitational in Fayetteville.
MSU will later host the first track meet at Allison South Stadium on April 22. The Missouri State Invitational will be the first-ever home meet for the Bears in the facility, which was dedicated Aug. 24, 2014.
"It's very important that our athletes compete at home, which we were unable to do for several years," said Boyce. "To say that we are excited to host a home meet in 2016 would be an understatement. We are ecstatic. I am happy for the team members and for MSU; competing at home is important."
The 2016 outdoor season concludes with the preliminary rounds of the NCAA Outdoor Championships that are set to be held on May 26-28 in Lawrence, Kan., with the national finals set for Eugene, Ore., June 8-11.