RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Head Coach Jon Riley has released VCU's 2012-2013 Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field schedule. The slate, which features 17 meets, is highlighted by the annual Ram Invite.
"We are very excited about this year's schedule," said Riley. "It gives us a chance to compete against some of the best in the country during the regular season in preparation for our inaugural indoor and outdoor Atlantic 10 Championships."
VCU's first meet is set for Dec. 8, when the Rams travel to Newport News, Va. for the Christopher Newport Invitational.
After a break for the holidays, the indoor slate picks up in January with the Rams running in seven meets. VCU will compete at the George Mason Invitational (Jan. 5), Navy Quad (Jan. 12), Captain's Invite/Multi Events (Jan. 19-20), Penn State Invitational (Jan. 25-26) and the George Mason Patriot Games (Jan. 26).
The Rams' final regular season indoor meets feature the New Balance Invitational and UNC Invitational during the weekend of Feb. 1-2. The Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championships, which are held at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I., take place Feb. 16-17.
"The athletes are very excited to have an indoor conference championship," Riley said "Having an indoor championship makes the [indoor] regular season much more important, and we have a goal to win it."
VCU host the annual Ram Invite to kickoff the outdoor season. The meet is held at Sports Backers Stadium on March 16.
The Rams stay close to home for the remainder of March, competing at the Virginia Invitational (March 23), Fred Hardy Invitational (March 29-30 at the University of Richmond) and Raleigh Relays (March 29-30).
The Rams open April with a trip to the Sunshine State. The track and field team participates in the Florida Relays April 4-6 VCU also travels George Mason Invitational (April 13), Vanderbilt Invitational (April 19-20), CNU Captain's Classic/Multi Events (April 20-21) and the Penn Relays (April 25-27).
"I feel we will have an opportunity to qualify some athletes for the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Track & Field Championships," said Riley. "And that is why we choose to compete at facilities that are considered to have fast tracks, such as Navy, Penn State, Boston, Florida and Vanderbilt."
The Atlantic 10 Track and Field Championship is set for May 4-5 in Charlotte, N.C.