Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina head track and field coach Jesse Norman announced the 2019-20 indoor and outdoor schedules today. The schedule features five regular season indoor meets along with four regular season outdoor meets. The highlight of the 2019-20 schedule is hosting the annual Catamount Classic on April 17-18 during the outdoor season.
"I'm very excited about this year's upcoming meet schedule,” Norman stated. “I feel that this schedule strikes the right balance in how competitive it will be. We'll be at competitions that will allow our student-athletes to be up front competing for top spots and places that will be about improving their marks. We'll be visiting some of our key locations like VMI (site of the indoor championships) a couple of times, while also visiting some newer places like Clemson, South Carolina and Georgia Tech."
The indoor season begins on Dec. 7 as the Catamounts head to Winston-Salem for the JDL College Kickoff. After over a month break, WCU is back in action at the ETSU Invitational on Jan. 10-11. Western Carolina makes its first of three visits to Lexington, Va. for the VMI Team Challenge and returns on Feb. 14-15 for VMI Indoor Classic. Sandwiched between visits to VMI is a trip to Columbia, S.C. for the South Carolina Invitational on Feb. 7-8.
The Southern Conference Indoor Championships return to Lexington, Va. hosted by VMI on February 29-March 1. Western Carolina looks for its seventh straight men’s championship. The NCAA Indoor National Championship is scheduled for March 13-14 in Albuquerque, N.M.
WCU opens the outdoor season at the Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Georgia Tech in Atlanta on March 20-21 followed by a visit to the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C. the next weekend. After a weekend off, the Catamounts make their second visit to Palmetto State during the outdoor season for the Gamecock Invitational on April 11. The annual Catamount Classic concludes the outdoor regular season on April 17-18 in WCU’s lone home meet of the year, hosted at the Catamount Athletic Complex in the first event on the new surface currently being installed.
“One of the highlights is our annual home meet on April 17 - 18th, the Catamount Classic, which will serve as a final tune up for the outdoor championships” Norman added. “This schedule will give us an opportunity to put the program in a position to defend our team titles (men) or to earn it back (women)."
Samford hosts the 2020 Southern Conference Outdoor Championships in Birmingham on May 1-2. In 2019, Western Carolina won its fourth straight men’s title. The NCAA East Preliminaries are scheduled for May 28-30 in Lexington, Ky.
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