BALTIMORE – Head Coach David Bobb and the UMBC track and field teams released their schedules for the upcoming 2011-12 indoor season Thursday.
The schedule for the upcoming season includes trips up throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, ranging from Orono, Maine for the America East Conference outdoor championships to State College, Pa. for the Penn State Nationals.
Coach Bobb, entering his 14th year at his alma mater, couldn't be more excited about the challenges of this schedule. "The kids need as much competition as possible," Coach Bobb said. "They start need to start running faster earlier and these meets will give them a change of scenery."
The Retrievers begin the year with two trips to Pennsylvania for the season-opening Bison Open on Dec. 3 and then return to the Keystone State after the New Year to participate in the Penn State Relays.
In addition to the Maryland Invitational on Jan.21 and athletes competing at George Mason on Jan. 28, UMBC will make a total of three trips to New York, starting with the New York Armory Meet on Jan. 13. The Retrievers will also head to the Big Apple to compete in the Armory Invitational (Feb. 3-4) as well as the Rider/Lafayette Invitational (Feb. 10).
"I'm excited for our local kids to run at the Maryland Invitational and at George Mason because it gives them a chance to run and compete in front of family members who might not be able to make that trip up to New York or Boston," Coach Bobb said. "But those meets in New York will be great because they will provide our team a chance to run on banked tracks like the one in Boston for the [Amercia East] Championships."
The indoor season all builds towards the America East Conference Championships in Boston, Mass. on the weekend of Feb. 17-18 where Bobb expects a strong showing from his Retrievers.
"I think we have a chance to compete very well. We have a great group of returners and in-coming guys and girls that can elevate this team."
The Retrievers complete the indoor season with the IC4A/ECAC Championships in Boston, and the NCAA Indoor Championships at a location that has yet to be determined.