The Military Championships, which include teams from seven different service academies, will be held away from VMI’s Read Memorial Track for the first time, as they will take place in Miramar, Fla. March 22 and 23. The Ansin Sports Complex will host the event, which previously took place in 2007 and 2010 in Lexington.
“I’m excited about this year’s schedule,” said VMI head coach Darrin Webb. “Taking the Military Championships on the road should be a positive development, as it will allow those outside our respective areas to view our programs, and perhaps learn more about our institutions. I also believe that the way the schedule is laid out will help our team develop and fully prepare for the conference championships.”
The Keydets open their indoor season away from Virginia for the second time in three years, as VMI will take part in the Youngstown State Ice Breaker in Youngstown, Ohio on Dec. 1. That event last season saw now-senior Antonio Wood qualify for the IC4A Championships in the long jump, while Ademola Titcombe, who graduated from the Institute this past May, set a new facility record, since broken, in the long jump.
The Keydets then have nearly seven weeks away from competition before returning to action Jan. 19, when they travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. to take part in the Wake Forest Invitational. This will be an important meet for VMI, as the event will be held at the JDL Fast Track, the same facility that will host the Big South Championships in mid-Feb.
VMI is currently scheduled to return to Youngstown State for a second time the following week, Jan. 25, for the YSU Invitational, before returning to in-state competition on Feb. 8. That will bring VMI to the Liberty Quad in Lynchburg, before the Keydets host the VMI Winter Relays on Feb. 16. That event will, as per tradition, be held in Cormack Field House.
That leads the Keydet squads into the Big South Championships, and a return engagement to Winston-Salem’s JDL Fast Track. The conference meet will be held Feb. 21 and 22, and will be the final meet before qualified Keydets take part in the IC4A/ECAC Championships in Boston, Mass., March 1-3. In a change from past seasons, both the indoor IC4A and indoor ECAC Championships will be held at the same location; in this case, Boston University.
The indoor NCAA Championships will be held March 8-9 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.
The outdoor season begins with the Military Championships and a trip to the Sunshine State March 22 and 23, after which the Keydets are in action at Richmond’s Fred Hardy Invitational March 29 and 30. April begins with the Liberty Invitational, held April 5-6 in Lynchburg, and continues April 13 with the George Mason Invitational in Fairfax, Va. Last season’s meet at Mason saw Jenna Moye set the school record in the 800-meter run, 2:15.85.
George Mason marks the final tune-up before the Big South Outdoor Championships, which are hosted by Liberty University in Lynchburg. The event will be held April 18-20 at Liberty’s newly refurbished facility. From there, the Keydets have two last chance qualifier meets on their slate, April 26-27 at Radford and May 1 at Liberty.
The IC4A/ECAC Championships will be held May 10-12 in Princeton, N.J., while the NCAA Preliminary Round returns to Greensboro, N.C. North Carolina A&T will host the event May 23-25. The NCAA Outdoor Championships will take place in Eugene, Ore., June 5-8.