RICHMOND, Va. – The citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia will have plenty of chances to check out the VCU Track & Field team this season as the Rams will be displaying their talents at 14 in-state meets.
The 14 in-state meets highlight a solid 2011-12 track & field schedule, which Head Coach Jon Riley released on Tuesday.
To kick off the indoor season, the Black & Gold will pack their bags for the CNU Holiday Open on Sunday, Dec. 4 in Newport News, Va.
After a couple weeks off for winter break, the in-state tour continues in Fairfax, Va. where the Rams will compete at the Father Diamond Invitational on the campus of George Mason University.
A short trip to the Navy Invitational on Jan. 14 precedes three straight split squad weekends, which includes three more in-state meets.
The Rams will try to garner a couple last chance invitations to postseason indoor championship meets at the Virginia Tech Challenge (Feb. 17-18) and the Mason Last Chance Meet (Feb. 26).
The ECAC/IC4A Championships along with the NCAA Indoor Championships wrap up a busy indoor season for the Black & Gold.
VCU's only home meet of the year will open up the outdoor schedule as the Black & Gold host the third annual VCU Ram Invitational at Sports Backers Stadium on March 17.
After enjoying a weekend at home, the team will return to their nomadic lifestyle and make the short trip down to Williamsburg, Va. to compete in the Tribe Open on March 23-24.
At the end of the month, the team will be splitting up and traveling to either Raleigh, NC or staying back in the Capital City. Those in Raleigh will be participating in the Raleigh Relays, while the remaining team members in Richmond will be part of the Fred Hardy Invite at the University of Richmond.
The first weekend in April will have the some of the Rams in Williamsburg for the Colonial Relays and some down in Gainesville, Fla. for the prestigious Florida Relays.
On April 14, the Riley's squad will get to have a trial run at the location of the CAA Championships when they compete in the Mason Invite. The following weekend sees the Rams participating in both the Vanderbilt & JMU Invite's.
The end of the regular season finds VCU in Philly for the world-famous Penn Relays before heading to Fairfax, Va. for the CAA Championships on May 4-5.
Post-season competition is scheduled through July with the ECAC/IC4A's, NCAA East Regional Championship, NCAA Championship, USA Jr. Outdoor Championship, and finally the U.S. Olympic Trials.