LEXINGTON, Va. - Four home meets, including the SoCon Indoor Championships, highlight the 2018 VMI track and field schedule that was announced by the program Sunday morning.
The indoor schedule begins with three straight home meets, beginning with the Keydet Invitational on Jan. 19 and 20. 21 teams are currently scheduled to compete, including 16 Division I schools. That list will include such schools as William & Mary, Charlotte, George Mason, as well as the distance runners from Virginia Tech and other outstanding programs.
The home schedule then moves to Jan. 27 and the VMI Team Challenge. The team challenge will see eight schools from multiple conferences divided into teams to compete, team against team, in a uniquely scored competition.
VMI hosts the Winter Relays on Feb. 9-10, a meet that will have the full slate of events. The competition currently has 13 Division I (and 20 total) teams slated to come to the Corps Physical Training Facility. The name of the meet harkens back to the former home of VMI track and field, Cormack Field House (aka "The Pit"), where the team hosted an annual relay meet by the same name for several decades.
The Keydets then go to a meet at Kent State Feb. 17 before hosting the SoCon Indoor Championships, for the first time since 2000, on Feb. 24-25. It will be the 35th time in school history that this meet will take place in VMI's home arena, after 34 were held from 1954-2000 in Cormack Field House.
The indoor schedule wraps up with the IC4A/ECAC Championships March 2-4 in Boston, Mass., and the NCAA Championships March 9-10 in College Station, Texas.
The outdoor slate begins March 15-17 in Charlotte, with the Charlotte 49er Classic. The Keydets then travel to Williamsburg for the Colonial Relays (April 5-7) and to Bucknell for the Bison Invitational (April 13-14), before returning to North Carolina - in this case, Duke - for the Duke Invite on April 20-21.
VMI's slate includes two meets the following weekend, as select Keydets are scheduled to enter the Penn Relays April 26-28, while others travel to the Appalachian State Last Chance Meet in Boone, N.C., which takes place on the 27th and 28th of the month.
The regular season wraps up May 2 with the Liberty Twilight Qualifier, and the SoCon outdoor meet will be held May 10-11 in Cullowhee, N.C.
The NCAA East Preliminary Round is slated for May 24-26 in Tampa, Fla., and the final round of the NCAA Championships will be June 6-9 in Eugene, Ore.
For more information on the upcoming VMI track and field season, stay tuned to VMIKeydets.com in the coming weeks.