NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the first time since February of 2020, the Belmont University men's track and field team will be competing indoors as the Bruins' 2021-22 season gets underway this weekend in the Music City. Belmont takes on the Commodore Challenge Friday and Saturday, Jan. 14-15 inside the nearby Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility.
Hosted by Vanderbilt University, the two-day meet gets underway Friday afternoon with field events and continues through late Saturday afternoon, concluding with 4x400m relays.
Cost of admission to the indoor meet is $5 at the door with children 10 and under gaining free admittance. Free parking is available in the 25th Avenue parking garage via the Highland Avenue entrance.
The first of back-to-back weekends competing in Nashville to begin the season, the Bruins will see 22 student-athletes in action. Belmont will be represented in the high jump, long jump, weight throw, pole vault, 1000m, 300m, 5000m, shot put, 60m hurdles, one mile run, 400m and 800m.
Throwers Ridvan Kazimov, Cal Widener, Robert Joseph and Jackson Grant will be joined by Noah Grimm, Trey Collins and Ian Robertson in field events as Knox Perry, Nick Bazzoni and Aidan Dinsbeer compete in the pole vault. Finn Birnie will be the first Bruin runner to race when he takes on the 1000m, before sprinters Qua'Jon Fuller, Elijah Sheppard and Noah Barnhart go to work in the 300m. Distance runners Ben Naeger, Ethan Hammer, Jacob Ricks and Zac Shaffer will conclude Friday's events with the 5000m run.
After Kazimov, Widener, Grant and Joseph begin Saturday with the shot put, Robertson will race in the 60m hurdles. Kevin Vanderkolk, Harrison Grzymkowski and Joel Wolf will join Birnie for the one mile run and Fuller, Sheppard and Barnhart will race in the 400m. Wyatt Womack will wrap up the meet Saturday afternoon in the 800m.
A complete list of Belmont's Commodore Challenge entrants with event times can be found below.
The Bruins ended their 2019-20 indoor season ranked 19th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South Region. Last season, Belmont placed third at the 2021 Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championship and totaled 138 points to equal a program-best since joining the league in 2013. Ten different Bruins claimed individual medals at the conference's outdoor championship meet.
Throwers Kazimov and Bo Miller are both returning OVC individual champions.
Friday, Jan. 14
Men's High Jump – 3:00 p.m.
Men's Long Jump – 3:00 p.m.
Men's Weight Throw – 3:00 p.m.
Men's Pole Vault – 4:00 p.m.
Men's 1000m – 6:50 p.m.
Men's 300m – 7:30 p.m.
Men's 5000m – 8:20 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 15
Men's Shot Put – 11:00 a.m.
Men's 60m Hurdles – 12:20 p.m.
Men's 1 Mile – 1:35 p.m.
Men's 400m – 2:35 p.m.
Men's 800m – 3:05 p.m.
Belmont will remain local next weekend for the Vanderbilt Invitational, which will also be hosted by the Commodores down the road at the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility Friday and Saturday, Jan. 21-22.
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