MSU Releases 2013 Indoor Track And Field Schedule
"The indoor schedule is often different from the outdoor schedule," coach Steve Dudley said. "Some tracks are better for field events, some are better for longs sprints and some are better for short sprints. You have to put a schedule together that fits your team to get people qualified for nationals."
The Bulldogs will lace up on the road this Friday at Birmingham Southern, followed by the UAB Invitational on Jan. 10. Last year's showing at UAB was a record-setting performance, as Jessica Merriweather high jumped her way to an MSU all-time high with a height of 5-08.
On Jan. 12, MSU will compete at the Alabama High Tide meet, followed by the Auburn Invitational on Jan. 19. The Bulldogs had numerous Top 10 finishes at the 2012 Auburn Invitational and will look to expand their success at this year's meet.
After an impressive finish at last year's New Balance Invite, the indoor track and field teams will travel to New York for this year's competition held Feb. 1-2. MSU had at least Top 15 finishes in every event competed in New York last season. Some Bulldogs will travel to South Bend, Ind., the same weekend to compete in the Meyo Invite.
Before the conference championship held in Fayetteville Feb. 22-24, MSU splits meets on Feb. 8, as some will travel to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville and others to the Samford Multi Invite in Birmingham.
The LSU Twilight Invitational in Baton Rouge on Feb. 15 will wrap up the regular season schedule for the teams.
Following the SEC Championships, the MSU squads will have the Last Chance Qualifier on March 2, prior to the NCAA Championships held in SEC territory at Arkansas March 7-9.
"Every meet is an opportunity for us to qualify, and we are looking forward to all of them," Dudley said.