JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An exciting mix of both new and familiar meets cover the indoor and outdoor slate as the Jacksonville University women's track and field team readies for the upcoming 2019 season.
The reigning ASUN Conference indoor champions open the season the second weekend in January with a pair of meets hosted by the University of Alabama-Birmingham at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Beginning the weekend with the Blazer Invitational (Jan. 11), the Dolphins cap the season-opening weekend the following day with the Vulcan Invitational (Jan. 12).
With a few weeks to train, Jacksonville readies for its annual trek north for two perennial favorites – the Crimson Elite, hosted by Harvard on Feb. 1, and the Scarlet and White Invite, hosted by Boston University on Feb. 2.
Two weeks later on Feb. 16, the Dolphins head to Columbia, S.C. for the USC Indoor Open – their third new meet of the season – before closing out the month at the ASUN Indoor Championships, hosted at Liberty University on Feb. 22-23. Qualifying Dolphins will then move on to the NCAA Indoor Championships, held March 8-9 in familiar territory at the Birmingham CrossPlex where they opened the season.
As competition moves outdoor, so, too, do the Dolphins ... and closer to home in Duval. Jacksonville opens the outdoor slate across town at the UNF Spring Break Invitational (Mar. 21-22), before splitting a busy weekend between the Florida Relays (Mar. 28-30) and the Embry-Riddle Heptathlon (Mar. 29-30).
April then provides three more opportunities before the championship season, traveling into birds of prey territory for the North Florida Invite (Apr. 5) and the USC Outdoor Open (Apr. 20) before ending the month in Gator country for the Tom Jones Memorial Invite (Apr. 26-27), hosted by the University of Florida.
The Dolphins won't have to stray far for the ASUN Outdoor Championships (May 10-11) or the NCAA East Preliminaries (May 24-26), with both hosted at North Florida's Hodges Stadium in May. Qualifying athletes will then head to the NCAA Finals, held June 6-9 in Austin, Texas.