Dec. 2, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - With the winter months moving along and the New Year approaching, Tulane head track and field coach Eric Peterson has announced the 2011 schedule. The Green Wave will compete in six indoor competitions before kicking off their ten-meet outdoor slate with the Tulane Team Challenge.
Tulane will compete in eight meets inside the borders of Louisiana, travel to Texas for the Conference USA Indoor and Outdoor Championships and host their first meet since the 2005 Tulane Invitational. Peterson will also take his squad to meets in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska and Tennessee.
"As our program continues to grow and develop, it continues to be a goal of mine to improve the level of competition that we compete against on a regular basis. This seasons schedule presents the opportunity our student-athletes with a chance to compete against some high-level opponents locally, both in our home opener and at LSU. We also know that at the bigger meets on our schedule, like Nebraska, the Tyson Invitational and the Sea Ray Invitational, are really going to test our kids at a high level. We are looking forward to the challenge that this schedule presents for our program this season."
The Indoor season will begin with a trip to Baton Rouge for the Purple Tiger Invitational on January 15 at the Maddox Field House. A pair of road trips follows the season opener, with the Olive and Blue heading to Nebraska's Cornhusker Invitational Feb. 4-5 and Arkansas' Tyson Invitational on Feb. 11-12. The Conference USA Indoor Championships will be sandwiched between a pair of competitions at LSU. The University of Houston will accommodate their C-USA brethren on Feb. 25-26, while Tulane will compete in the LSU Twilight (Feb. 18) and at the LSU Last Chances (March 4).
"We are excited to be able to host the Tulane Team Challenge," said Peterson. "Along with our full squad competing, we have invited three local teams to take part in a fully scored meet at Tad Gormley. This will give our athletes a chance to open the outdoor season with a competitive meet against some good, local competition."
Though Tulane hosts an outdoor meet, the indoor campaign is not complete. The NCAA Indoor Championships will be hosted by Texas A&M on March 11-12 at the Anderson Track and Field Complex. The remainder of the month will feature a pair of meets at Louisiana facilities, with Louisiana-Lafayette hosting the Louisiana Classics (March 19) and LSU playing host to the LSU Relays (March 25-26).
April will bring a tough stretch of meets that will see the squad travel to three different states, as well as competing in a pair of meets in Baton Rouge. The LSU Invitational kicks off the months festivities on April 2 and a trip to the South Alabama Invitational follows on April 8-9. The Olive and Blue will venture to the University of Tennessee for the Sea Ray Invitational (April 13-16), the LSU Alumni Gold (April 23) and close out the month with a trip to the Drake Relays (April 28-30) in Des Moines, Iowa.
The final tune-up before the Conference USA Outdoor Championships comes in the form of the FSU Twilight on May 6-7 in Tallahassee, Fla. The Conference USA Outdoor Championships will descend on the Rice Track/Soccer Stadium from May 12-15, with the Green Wave looking to post enough sold marks to move on to the NCAA East Regional in Bloomington, Ind. (May 26-28).