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Schedules Announced

Schedules Announced

2021-22 Belmont Men's and Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Schedules
Men's | Women's

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the first time since winter of 2020, the Belmont University men's and women's track and field teams will be competing indoors beginning in January as the Bruins released their 2021-22 indoor and outdoor schedules Wednesday.

Belmont's indoor slate will take the Bruins to three neighboring states, while Belmont's outdoor schedule features meets in five of Tennessee's eight neighboring states in addition to NCAA postseason competition in Indiana and Oregon.

"As always, we want to put together the most competitive schedule we can," said associate track and field head coach Cameron Harvey. "We feel like this indoor/outdoor schedule will challenge our student-athletes and give them the best chance to succeed at the OVC Championships."

"It'll be nice to get back to having an indoor season after last year's indoor season was canceled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic," continued coach Harvey. "Opening up at Vanderbilt is always nice since it's just right down the road, but also because it's a great track and there will be plenty of competition to challenge our student-athletes."

Having not been on an indoor track since Feb. 27, 2020, the Bruins will return to indoor action after a 687-day hiatus when they open their 2021-22 campaign at Vanderbilt's Commodore Challenge in Nashville on Friday, Jan. 14. The first of a pair of local two-day meets down the road inside Vanderbilt's multipurpose facility, Belmont takes on the Vanderbilt Invitational the following weekend Friday and Saturday, Jan. 21-22.

Following a two-week break from competition, the Bruins head to Louisville, Kentucky, for Bellarmine University's Bellarmine Invite Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4-5. Belmont will then travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for Arkansas' Tyson Invite, held inside the Tyson Indoor Track Center Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12. Some Bruin athletes will also take part in Samford University's Bulldog Open on Saturday, Feb. 12 in Birmingham, Alabama.

With the return of the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Alabama, Belmont will look to improve upon its top-five team finishes in 2020. The women's team scored a program-best 81.5 points at the last OVC Indoor Championship en route to a fourth-place finish, while the Bruin men finished fifth in 2020 with 81 points.

The 2022 NCAA Indoor Championships will also take place at the CrossPlex in Birmingham on Friday and Saturday, March 11-12. Belmont's men's squad ended its 2019-20 indoor season ranked 19th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South Region, while the Bruin women ended their last indoor season 33rd in the regional poll.

"Our outdoor schedule is a good combination of SEC and ACC schools, which will allow our student-athletes to really test themselves against some of the nation's best," spoke coach Harvey.

Just one week after the indoor national championship meet, Belmont begins its outdoor schedule in Atlanta at Georgia Tech's Yellow Jacket Invite Friday and Saturday, March 18-19. Building their confidence and testing their strength, the Bruins' outdoor slate features four meets at Atlantic Coast Conference schools and two meets hosted by Southeastern Conference programs. In fact, just one of Belmont's seven regular season outdoor meets will be held at a non-power conference school.

The Raleigh Relays held on the campus of North Carolina State University await the Bruins Thursday-Saturday, March 24-26 as select Belmont athletes will travel to Murray, Kentucky, the same weekend for Murray State's Margaret Simmons Invite, held Friday and Saturday, March 25-26.

The Bruins' challenging outdoor season will continue after a near two-week break from meet action with a trip to Oxford, Mississippi, for Ole Miss' Joe Walker Invite Friday and Saturday, April 8-9. The weekend of Friday and Saturday, April 22-23 represents another pair of meets with the teams splitting between the Georgia Tech Invite in Atlanta and the University of Virginia's Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Belmont will wrap up its outdoor regular season back in its hometown with Vanderbilt's Outdoor Music City Challenge Friday and Saturday, April 29-30. The 2022 OVC Outdoor Championships are set for Wednesday-Friday, May 11-13 and will be hosted by Murray State at Roy Stewart Stadium in Murray, Kentucky.

Last season, the Bruin men placed third at the OVC Outdoor Championships and totaled 138 points to equal a program-best since joining the league in 2013. The women's team nearly captured last year's OVC Outdoor Championship title with 133 points, taking home silver for a program-best finish. The women boasted 11 total podium finishes and the men's team 10 individual medals in the 2021 OVC Outdoor Championships.

With Belmont joining the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1, 2022, next spring will be the Bruins' final OVC Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

The 2022 NCAA East Preliminary Round is scheduled for Wednesday-Saturday, May 25-28 at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Last season, Belmont had two men (Aidan Thompson and Ben Weisel) and three women (Jessica Mattsson, Adreanna Parlette and Maddie Quinn) qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary meet.

On the men's side, the Bruins were ranked 21st in the South Region in the final USTFCCCA Track & Field Rating Index (TFRI) of the 2021 outdoor season. Belmont's women's team finished 22nd in the South Region last spring in the final outdoor USTFCCCA Regional TFRI.

The four-day NCAA Outdoor Championships will be hosted by the University of Oregon for the second consecutive year and eighth time out of the last nine outdoor national championships Wednesday-Saturday, June 8-11 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

The Bruins return a combined seven OVC individual champions, including junior throwers Ridvan Kazimov and Bo Miller, senior hurdler/multi-athlete Adreanna Parlette, senior thrower Jessica Mattsson, junior thrower Maddie Quinn, junior distance runner Lily Hallum and sophomore thrower Rebekah Stucker. Last summer, Parlette became the first active track and field athlete, regardless of gender, to qualify for the Olympic Trials after being named OVC Outdoor Female Field Athlete of the Year.

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