Georgia track and field releases schedule


The Georgia track and field 2015 schedule includes three home outdoor events.

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“Our 2015 schedule is what I would call logical because the meets are meets we need to have for the late season performance of the team,” said

Wayne Norton


. “Indoors, we have a schedule that looks very similar to most years where we have the two meets, Kentucky and Arkansas, at the site of our two championships.  Obviously we are going to both places early to be better prepared for the venue on our return trips there.”

Georgia will host the Georgia Relays/Combined Events on March 18, the Spec Towns National Team Invitational and the Bulldog Decathlon/Heptathlon on April 8-11, and the Georgia Invitational May 9, a final tune-up for the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships (May 14-16)

Georgia starts the year with six indoor meets, beginning with the Auburn Invitational on Jan. 17.  The indoor schedule includes trips to Lexington, Ky., for the McCravy Invitational on Jan. 23-24 and to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., on Feb. 13-14.  The SEC Indoor Championships in Lexington on Feb. 27-28 and the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville on March 13-14.

Traditionally, the Bulldogs have excelled during trips to Blacksburg, Va., for the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet and they will return again to Virginia Tech on Feb. 6-7.  In addition, distance coach Patrick Cunniff will take a number of runners to the Husky Classic in Washington.

“The success we have had the last decade or more at Virginia Tech just about requires us to go again,” said Norton who enters his 16th year as the Bulldogs’ head coach.  “We start the season in Birmingham at the best facility within three and a half hours drive of Athens.  It makes sense to take advantage of a great track that is in close proximity.  I think these meets, along with the distance-oriented meet in Seattle, gives us the best chances to qualify and to be ready for the postseason.”

The Bulldogs will return to the friendly confines of their home track in Athens to start the outdoor season on March 18.  In addition to the other pair of home meets, Georgia will compete at Georgia Tech twice and at the Florida, Mt. SAC and Drake Relays.

Mississippi State will host the SEC Outdoor Championships (May 14-16) in Starkville.  Following the NCAA East Prelims (May 28-30) in Jacksonville, Fla., those who qualify will travel to Eugene, Ore., for the third consecutive year for the NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 10-13), which are scheduled to be hosted on Oregon’s campus through 2021.

“Our outdoor schedule, which involves less long distance traveling, allows us to take advantage of two very good competition facilities: the Spec Towns Track and the Georgia Tech track,” said Norton.  “Good tracks with limited traveling will allow us to work on getting better gradually throughout the season so that we are at our best when it counts.  And the other great thing about this schedule is that it will give several opportunities for our developmental athletes to gain the experience to become contributors and scorers for us.”

The Bulldogs open the season at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala., for the Auburn Invitational on Jan. 17.  Results and news from all of Georgia’s track and field action can be found on Twitter @UGA_XCTF and at