RICHMOND, Va. – After a historic year, which included two All-Americans, in 2013, VCU track & field has its sights set on reaching new heights in 2014.
That journey to new heights now has a planned route as the Rams announced their entire 2014 indoor and outdoor schedule, which is highlighted by eight in-state meets.
"We are very excited about this year's schedule," VCU Head Coach Jon Riley said. "We've scheduled meets at certain venues and facilities with our indoor and outdoor A-10 Championships in mind."
The Black & Gold open their indoor slate on January 11 in Fairfax, Va., at the GMU Father Diamond Invitational, and continue in the state of Virginia at Hampton and Virginia Tech to round out the month.
Split-squad events will take place at Penn State and George Mason, followed by the New Balance Invitational and Vince Brown Invite to round out the indoor regular season.
The Black & Gold will compete in its second Atlantic 10 Indoor Championship on Feb. 22-23, hosted by the University of Rhode Island.
After the championships, the Rams will head to the Boston University Last Chance qualifier in preparation for ECAC/IC4A and NCAA Championships to round out the indoor season.
The outdoor season begins on March 22nd with a home event- the VCU Ram Invite- and continues the following weekend across town at the University of Richmond's Fred Hardy Invitational. The Ram Invite will take place at Sports Backers Stadium.
The outdoor season contains out of state events in Florida, Maryland, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, which will provide intriguing challenges for the student-athletes.
Head coach Jon Riley is optimistic about the impact the scheduling could have on the squad.
"With the various levels of experience on the team, this schedule will help prepare our veterans for high level competitions while introducing our newcomers to a competitive but not overwhelming Division I track and field environment. We are continuing to build a competitive program and the meets we have scheduled go along with our continued growth," Riley added.
The hunt for a conference title climaxes at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships on May 3-4 in Amherst, Mass.
VCU will look to add to its recent postseason success beginning in mid-May with the ECAC/IC4A Championships and continuing through the NCAA Championship Rounds.