Razorbacks track and field open season No. 1 in the country
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (univ. of Ark.) - Head coach Chris Bucknam and the University of Arkansas men's track and field team has announced its schedule for the 2013 indoor and outdoor seasons.
The Razorbacks are set to host 11 meets-six indoor and five outdoor-this year, including the Southeastern Conference and NCAA Indoor Championships. In addition to the championship events, Arkansas has added six scored meets to its schedule.
Arkansas and the Randal Tyson Track Center will host the SEC Indoor Championships for the seventh time, previously hosting the meet in 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011. The indoor conference meet will be contested Feb. 22-24.
Two weeks later, the Razorbacks will increase their national hosting duties to 11 with the NCAA Indoor Championships. The nation's best will compete March 8-9, in Fayetteville. Arkansas most recently hosted the national indoor meet during the 2010 season.
Putting an emphasis on team scoring, Bucknam and the Razorbacks will have six scored meets as part of its 2013 season. Four of those six events will be contested in Fayetteville. During the indoor season, two of the team's first three competitions will be scored. To open the year, the Razorbacks will continue its dual series with Texas on Jan. 11. Two weeks later, the top programs in the country will come to the Tyson Center for the Jan. 25-26 Razorback Team Invitational. Last year's event featured nine ranked teams.
Arkansas' outdoor scored events will include the two-day John McDonnell Invitational. The annual event will be run April 12-13 at John McDonnell Field. The team will also host the Arkansas Invitational with national powers Florida and Ohio State scheduled to compete in a tri-meet scored format with the Razorbacks.
Another pair of scored competitions will take Arkansas on the road. The team will open its outdoor season March 23 with the Texas State Quad in San Marcos, Texas. In addition to the Razorbacks, the meet will feature host Texas State, Texas and UCLA. As announced last spring, Arkansas will travel to Eugene, Ore., for an April 19-20 dual with the Oregon Ducks at Hayward Field.
The remainder of Arkansas' indoor schedule will include the Texas A&M Triangular (Jan. 19) in College Station, Texas; New Balance Invitational (Feb. 1-2) in New York, N.Y.; Tyson Invitational (Feb. 8-9) in Fayetteville; Husky Classic (Feb. 8-9) in Seattle, Wash.; Arkansas Final Qualifier (March 1) in Fayetteville; and Alex Wilson Invitational (March 1-2) in South Bend, Ind.
The Texas A&M Triangular will be a head-to-head competition between conference mates with Arkansas, LSU and the host Aggies at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
Along with the scored meets, the Razorbacks' outdoor slate will also feature the Stanford Invitational (March 29-30) in Palo Alto, Calif.; Razorback Spring Invitational (March 30) in Fayetteville; John McDonnell Combined Events (April 5-6) in Fayetteville; Payton Jordan Invitational (April 28) in Palo Alto, Calif.; and Arkansas Twilight (May 3) in Fayetteville.
The outdoor championship season will begin May 9-12 with the SEC Championships in Columbia, Mo. With spots in the national meet on the line, the Razorbacks will then compete May 23-25 at the NCAA West Preliminary in Austin, Texas. The 2013 collegiate season will conclude June 5-8 with another trip to Eugene for the NCAA Championships.