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Spiders Announce 2016-17 Track & Field Schedules
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 10/13/2016
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - University of Richmond Director of Track & Field Lori Taylor and head men's cross country coach Steve Taylor announced the Spider indoor and outdoor track & field schedules for the 2016-17 seasons on Thursday.

"Once again we look forward to a great year of track & field competition," said Lori Taylor. "Our 2016-17 dates provide us with a strong schedule that offers our student-athletes quality competitions. It shows we go to the highest quality meets in the country. We are also looking forward to hosting the Fred Hardy Invitational again next March, which has become one of the highlights of our early spring season."

“We feel this schedule provides our athletes with great competition and the opportunity to travel to several new locations," said Steve Taylor. “Additionally we will once again travel to the U.S. Cross Country Championships to be held in Bend, Oregon in February and we’ll have the chance to compete in the Collegiate Running Association National Championship events throughout the year. The combination of these NCAA, USATF and Collegiate Running Association events and locations provides the opportunity, especially for our men’s program, to have a year around national championship events on our calendar."

After the Spiders kick off the indoor season at CNU's Holiday Open on Dec. 4, they open the New Year at Virginia Tech's Hokie Invitational on Jan. 13 and 14. The teams will head to Liberty University on January 20-12 and George Mason's Patriot Games the following weekend. Next the women’s squad will head northward for the Armory Track Invitational in New York City on Feb. 3 and 4 while the men’s team travels to Bend, Oregon for the USATF Junior (U20) and Senior National Cross Country Championships.

The Liberty Elite Invitational in Lynchburg, Va and the Valentine Invitational in Boston, Mass. on Feb. 10-11 will both serve as the Spiders' final conference tune-up before they make their way back north for the Atlantic 10 Championships in Fairfax, Va. The following two weekends will provide the Spiders' their last chance to make the mark for the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Tx., from March 10-11.

The Spiders commence their outdoor slate down the road at the Tribe Invitational on March 17-18. Richmond remains home for its annual Fred Hardy Invitational at Robins Stadium on March 24 and 25 before splitting the squads with part of the team heading south for the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla., and partial returning to Williamsburg for the Colonial Relays on March 30 and April 1.

The teams will once again part ways beginning on April 13 when the squads split up for the Mt. SAC Relays in the greater Los Angeles area and the Captain’s Classic in Newport News, VA. The next weekend the squads head west to Charlottesville for the UVA Invitational followed a week later with the nationally renowned Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

The month of May opens with the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships on May 6 and 7 in Amherst, Mass, with the next weekend serving as last-chance meets prior to the NCAA Championships.

Those Spiders having set qualifying marks will travel to the NCAA Championships East Preliminary Round in Lexington, Ky, from May 25-27. This event will serve as the site where the participating Spiders have the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championship Finals in Eugene, Ore., from June 8-10. The same weekend the men will travel to the USATF and Collegiate Mountain Running Championships to be held June 10. The location for the mountain running championships will be determined later this fall.

The final event on the 2016-17 schedule is an important one, as qualifying Spiders will make their way to the USA Track & Field Junior (U20) and Senior Championships in Sacramento, California, from June 22-25.

More in-depth coverage can be found by following the Spiders on TwitterFacebookInstagram and SkyPixel and by reading head coach Steve Taylor’s blog.

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