Dec. 2, 2007
WACO, Texas -
The Baylor men's and women's track and field teams have released their 2008 schedules, head coach Todd Harbour announced on Sunday. The Bears and Lady Bears open the indoor season on Jan. 10 at the Arkansas Invitational.
The indoor season is highlighted by five trips to Fayetteville, Ark., home of the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships. Baylor will run in three invitational meets at Arkansas before the last chance qualifier meet the week leading to the championships. A trip to Lincoln, Neb. For the Husker Invitational the first week in February will prepare the Bears for the Big 12 Indoor Championships, hosted by Nebraska on Feb. 29-March 1.
"With the NCAA Indoor Championships taking place at Arkansas again, we want to give our athletes the best chance to perform well," said Harbour. "Arkansas has the best 200-meter banked track facility in the country, so we are going to take advantage of that and run there on several occasions during the season. The Big 12 Championships are going to be at Nebraska, so we will compete in their indoor meet to get our athletes familiar with their track and facilities."
Baylor will host two outdoor meets with the Dr Pepper Invitational on March 22 and the Michael Johnson Classic on April 19. The Bears will travel to Abilene for a meet at Abilene Christian, and will participate again in the Texas Relays.
The Bears will make a return trip to the Drake Relays, site of the Bears' record setting performances last season. The men's team won all four sprint relay titles, the first team to accomplish the feat in 63 years, while the women's team set school records in the 4x800-meter relay and the distance medley relay. Drake will also serve as the host institution for the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Baylor will travel to the Razorback Invitational on May 2, and will participate in the Big 12 Outdoor Championships hosted by Colorado. The NCAA Midwest Regional will be hosted by Nebraska before the Bears return to Iowa for the NCAA Championships.
"We are really excited about our two outdoor meets," said Harbour. "Those are always a lot of fun and we should have a lot of good competition. The tri-meet at Abilene should be a good meet for us; Abilene Christian has won six straight Division II national championships. Texas Relays and Drake Relays should be a lot of fun. Hopefully the weather will be better at Texas Relays than it was last year, and there should be a lot of good teams at Drake since they are hosting the NCAAs this year."
The Bears return three former national champions to the 2008 squad including 2007 4x400-meter relay indoor and outdoor champions LeJerald Betters and Quentin Iglehart-Summers and 2006 60 meter indoor champion Jacob Norman. Baylor also returns 10 All-Americans and 10 school record holders for the 2008 indoor and outdoor teams.