DAYTON, Ohio – University of Dayton track and field coach Adam Steinwachs has announced the meet schedule for the 2010-11 season.
The Flyers will open the season on Dec. 3 and 4 at the Oiler Opener in Findlay before breaking for the holidays. Following the New Year, the track schedule will ramp up with indoor meets in Bowling Green, Ohio, Kent, Ohio as well as Findlay and Akron, Ohio before the team prepares to defend its share of the Atlantic 10 crown that they earned last season. The A-10 Indoor Championships will be held on Feb. 18 and 19 in Kingston, R.I. on the campus of the University of Rhode Island.
“We have a good mix of low-key training meets and competitive team competitions mixed into the schedule. It should give our team the opportunities they need to be sharp by the time our championship season rolls around,” Steinwachs said.
Following the A-10 Indoor Championships, UD will travel to South Bend, Ind. for the Alex Wilson Invitational which is the weekend before the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas on March 10-12.
Dayton continues its schedule after the championships with outdoor meets at Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Miami (Ohio), before the All-Ohio Championships in Cincinnati on April 15 and 16. UD will also compete in the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus, Ohio on April 24 and 30. Following the meet at Ohio State, UD will attempt to claim the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championship in Charlotte, N.C. on April 30 and May 1.
“Our strongest events will be our field events, middle distance and distance athletes. We're returning our program’s first NCAA All-American in Mallory Barnes,” Steinwachs said. “She is the defending A-10 Champion in the weight throw, shot put and hammer throw. Additionally, NCAA qualifiers Ashley Cattran and Katie Nageotte will offer great support in the middle distances and pole vault.”
The Flyers will compete in one final outdoor meet in Louisville, Ky. before the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Bloomington, Ind. on May 26-28. Those progressing from the East Prelims will travel to Des Moines, Iowa for the 2011 NCAA Championships June 8-11.
Dayton finished the 2009-10 season with a pair of Top 20 national finishes (Mallory Barnes – Hammer Throw, Katie Nageotte – Pole Vault) for the first time in program history.