Sept. 30, 2010
WACO, Texas - Baylor head track and field coach Todd Harbour announced his team's 2010-11 schedule, which includes elite competition at some of the nation's toughest meets.
"It's a good schedule, and we are really excited to get it rolling," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We get to go back to New York for the New Balance. That will be a highlight of the season during the indoor season. Outdoors, we added a meet at Arizona State, which will be a good meet for our kids. We are definitely in some familiar territory with the relays at Drake and Texas."
During the indoor season, Baylor will spend nearly half of its weekends in College Station, Texas, at Texas A&M University. The Aggies host the preseason Reveille Invitational on Dec. 11, the Texas A&M Invitational on Jan. 15 and the Texas A&M Challenge on Feb. 12, before hosting the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 11-12. The Texas A&M Challenge features an inter-conference rivalry between the Big 12, Conference USA, Pac-10, and SEC.
Baylor will also travel to Fayetteville, Ark., on Jan. 28-29 for the Razorback Invitational and to New York, N.Y., for the prestigious New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Feb. 4-5. The last time Baylor attended the NB Invite, in 2009, the men took home the team title, while the women finished as the runner-up.
The Big 12 Indoor Championships are slated for Lincoln, Neb., with the University of Nebraska hosting the event in its last year in the conference, as they are set to join the Big Ten Conference for the 2011-12 academic year.
The outdoor season features a full slate of meets all over the western half of the country. Baylor will begin the season at the TCU Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 18, followed by a split weekend between Arizona State and Stanford on March 25-26.
Three consecutive meets in the state of Texas begins at the Bobby Lane UTA Invitational on April 2, with the three-day Texas Relays a week later on April 7-9. Baylor then returns to host their lone home meet of the season, the Michael Johnson Classic on April 23, featuring teams from Texas A&M, Texas and TCU among a host of talented schools.
Baylor's annual trip to one of the oldest and most competitive meets in the country, the Drake Relays, lands on April 27-30 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Following Drake, Baylor begins the stretch run of the outdoor season after a weekend off with the Big 12 Championships in Norman, Okla., on May 13-15 followed by the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Eugene, Ore., on May 26-28.
The Bears will conclude the collegiate season at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with their second trip of the year to Des Moines, Iowa, on June 8-11.