RICHMOND, Va. – There's nothing like sleeping in your own bed and being totally comfortable in your own surroundings. It's part of what makes up home-field advantages in sports.
For the first time in the past five years, the Virginia Commonwealth University track & field programs will have that advantage on three occasions with the Rams participating in three meets within the city of Richmond during their 2010-11 schedule, which was released over the weekend.
Head Coach Jon Riley will be supervising both programs for the first time this year and will see his squads open up the year with a trip down I-64 East to the Christopher Newport University Holiday Open on December 5.
After heading home for the holiday break, the Rams will send split squads to both the Penn State National Meet and the George Mason Indoor Invitational over the weekend of January 28-29.
Three more in-state meets and trips to Iowa and New York wrap up the regular season portion of the indoor schedule before the Black & Gold head to Boston for ECAC/IC4A Championships on March 5-6.
A trip to William & Mary on March 19th opens the outdoor schedule, before VCU heads across town to the University of Richmond to take part in the Fred Hardy Invitational on March 25-26.
Split squads will head to either the Colonial Relays or the Florida Relays over the first weekend of April before the whole roster heads to the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. on April 8-9.
The Rams' first home meet is slated for Saturday, April 16th as the Ram Invitational will take over VCU's Sports Backers Stadium.
Trips to JMU and the Penn Relays help set the table for the focus of all season, the CAA Championships, which will happen at home for the Black & Gold as Sports Backers Stadium is the host for the 2010 conference meet on May 6-7.
ECAC/IC4A Championships and NCAA Regionals will wrap up a challenging indoor and outdoor campaign for the Rams.