Bulldog head coach Wayne Norton
Jan. 3, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- The arrival of the New Year also brings the countdown to Georgia's first indoor track and field meet of the 2014 season.
The Bulldogs open their indoor campaign by traveling to Birmingham, Ala., to compete at the Auburn Invitational on January 18. This marks the second consecutive year that Georgia will open in the Crossplex facility, which has been picked to house the 2016 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships.
"Our schedule is similar to previous seasons except we may need to split the teams more with some field event athletes and some distance runners competing in meets that are much more conducive to making preparations for postseason success," said Norton, who is in his 15th year as the Bulldog head coach. "Although our schedule is complete, it can also be classified as tentative because we reserve the right to make adjustments and go to meets that are more beneficial to our team objectives."
Last year, Georgia had three top-18 national team finishes, including one top-10 finish, during the indoor and outdoor seasons. Freshman Freya Jones captured the NCAA javelin title outdoors and freshman Shaunae Miller won the 2013 NCAA indoor 400-meter dash crown. Miller has since joined the professional ranks.
"The schedule is only as good as the performances we achieve on the field and on the track," Norton said. "I think we have the roster to make the schedule noteworthy in 2014."
Trips to Albuquerque, N.M., for the Cherry & Silver Collegiate Invitational (January 24-25) and College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M Invitational (February 15) will help the Bulldogs prepare for those "noteworthy" accomplishments. This year's NCAA Indoor Championships and Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships will be in Albuquerque and College Station, respectively.
The Bulldog distance corps is also scheduled to compete versus more of the nation's best at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., in mid-February.
Outdoors, Georgia opens at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on March 20-22 before hosting two weekends of meets later in the season. The Bulldog Decathlon (April 10-11) and the Spec Towns National Team Invitational (April 11-12) will be in Athens before the Bulldogs also host the one-day Georgia Invitational on May 10.
The postseason will begin in Lexington, Ky., with the SEC Outdoor Championships. Those qualified will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., for the NCAA East Regionals on May 29-31 as Bulldog individuals attempt to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which will be held in Eugene, Ore., on June 11-14 for the third time in the last five years.
Georgia will also make the traditional trips to Gainesville, Fla., for the Florida Relays (April 3-5) and Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Relays (April 24-26). In addition, the distance contingent has plans on crossing the country for the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., in mid-April.
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