HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – With opportunities to impress in the regular-season running out, the Belmont University track and field teams make their longest road trip of the indoor season this week for the final tune-up meet before the postseason.
The two-day Marshall Chipotle Invitational in Huntington, W.Va. begins Friday evening with a handful of events at 5:30 p.m. (EST) and concludes with the majority of events Saturday at the Chris Cline Athletics Complex starting at 10 a.m. (EST). It's the last date on the calendar for the Bruins before the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships.
"This weekend is the last chance to put down some solid times," Belmont Associate Head Track Coach Cameron Harvey said. "For the sprinters and distance runners, it's really about trying to make sure you have that seed mark to end up in the fast heats at conference."
Each OVC school may enter up to four athletes per individual event at the conference meet, which will play out on the track at Charleston, Ill. in two weeks, and those with the best times and marks from the regular season will be in prime position to compete for individual conference gold. But improved positioning is only half the progress Harvey wants to see his athletes make this week.
The mental aspect will be just as important.
"Mindsets, all those kind of things are just as important as the marks the athletes are putting down," the coach continued. "They need to show that they can clear their minds and when it's time to compete, they can do what they're supposed to do."
Following the conclusion of this weekend's meet, the Bruins will continue to train through an off week before returning to the track for the OVC Indoor Championships beginning Feb. 23.