DURHAM, N.C. -- Director of Track and Field Norm Ogilvie recently released the indoor and outdoor Duke Track and Field schedules for men and women for the 2013-14 season.
“We return potentially one of our best ever combined teams in 2014 and we’ve put together a schedule that will challenge our athletes and allow them to compete at the highest levels of collegiate track and field. Each event area will be given the chance to face the best in their event and to get into the best possible meets for NCAA qualifying purposes. We are extremely excited about the 2014 season and will work hard this fall to put our best foot forward representing Duke next winter and spring,” Ogilvie said.
The Blue Devils open the 2014 indoor campaign at the Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va. on Jan. 17-18 before returning to North Carolina to compete in a quad-meet against the University of North Carolina, East Carolina, and Western Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Jan. 24. The following weekend, the team will be divided, with a portion traveling to Clemson S.C. for the Clemson Invite, while the remainder of the team heads north to compete in the Penn State Invite in State College, Pa. Jan. 31-Feb. 1.
The men’s and women’s track and field team will begin the month of February with segments of the team traveling to either the Virginia Tech Elite Meet in Blacksburg, Va. on Feb. 7-8 or the Armory Collegiate Invite in New York, N.Y. the same weekend. On Feb. 14-15, members of the team will travel to the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., while others will once again compete in New York, N.Y., in the prestigious Millrose Games. The team will round out the month with student-athletes competing in either the Virginia Tech Challenge in Blacksburg, Va. or the Alex Wilson Invite in South Bend, Ind., Feb. 21-22.
The indoor championship season begins Feb. 27 with the ACC Championships in Clemson, S.C. The competition concludes Mar. 1. In 2013, the women’s track and field team placed third in the ACC indoor meet with 82 points and the men’s track and field team finished fifth with 52 points. Two weeks later, the Blue Devils will travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships Mar. 14-15, where graduate student Juliet Bottorff will attempt to replicate her record-setting performance from last year, after setting both an ACC and Duke record in the 5,000-meters, while redshirt senior Curtis Beach will look to once again reach his 2012 form, when he earned a national title in the heptathlon.
Duke begins the outdoor track and field season one week later, participating in the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem, N.C. Mar. 21-22. The following weekend, the team again separates, with student-athletes either traveling to Austin, Texas for the Texas Relays Mar. 26-29, or remaining in state to compete in the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C.
The Blue Devils’ April schedule takes the team to either the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. or the Vertklasse Meeting in High Point, N.C. April 4-5. The final competition prior to the ACC Championship meet will be held April 12 in Chapel Hill, N.C., before the team returns to Chapel Hill, N.C. April 17-19 for the championship meet. Last season, the men’s track and field program earned a fifth-place finish with 66 points while the women’s team competed to a fourth-place finish with 76 points. Following the conference championship meet, Duke will send the team’s top relays and field event competitors to participate in the 119th running of the Penn Relays.
On May 9-10, Duke’s men’s and women’s track and field teams are slated to participate in the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va., the penultimate regular-season meet before a last chance meet scheduled for May 16-17. Postseason competition begins May 29-31 with the NCAA Regional East meet in Jacksonville, Fla. before any qualified individuals participate in the NCAA Championship meet in Eugene, Ore. June 11-14. The Blue Devils’ outdoor season concludes with the USATF Championship meet June 25-29 for any individuals who qualify.
Duke will not host any home meets in 2014 as it awaits completion of a brand new track and field facility, Williams Track and Field Stadium. The Duke Invite and Duke Twilight meets will return to the schedule in 2015.