BALTIMORE – The UMBC track and field program will kick-off it's 2012-13 schedule at the Bison Opener, hosted by Bucknell University, for the ninth consecutive year, head coach David Bobb announced on Wednesday.
The men's and women's teams will also compete at meets in Maryland, New York, and Virginia during the indoor season which culminates with the America East Championships which will be held in Boston, Mass. UMBC then opens the outdoor season at home with the Big Dawg Invitational at UMBC Stadium before traveling to competitions in the area as well as in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The conference outdoor championships will be hosted by Binghamton University in Vestal, N.Y.
"We're really hoping to continue our success and to improve to stay in the top-3 at the conference meets," said coach Bobb. "I think that the meets we have scheduled will help us with that goal."
Following the meet at Bucknell on Saturday, Dec. 1, the Retrievers will not compete until the New Year when they return to the Keystone State for the Penn State Relays on Jan. 5. The meet in State College begins a stretch of five consecutive weeks with competitions for the Black and Gold. The stretch includes two stops in New York City for the Gotham Cup (Jan. 11) and New Balance Collegiate Invitational (Feb. 1-2), one in Landover, Md. for the Terrapin Invitational (Jan. 19), and a split weekend on Jan. 25-26 in which part of the team returns to State College for the Penn State National Relays and the other will compete at the Patriot Games in Fairfax, Va.
"These are some really good and tough competitions and it helps that they're all pretty close to campus," coach Bobb said.
Less than ten days later the Retrievers open the most important section of their schedule in Boston for the America East Championships. Then, after a short break, UMBC will look to send athletes back to the Bay State for the ECAC/IC4A Championships and then to Fayetteville, Ark. and the University of Arkansas which will host the NCAA Championships.
The outdoor season brings with it the Retrievers' first home meet at UMBC Stadium since hosting 2011 America East Outdoor Championships. The Big Dawg Invitational on March 30, however, is the program's only home competition of the season which will see the Retrievers then travel to Duke (Apr. 5-6), George Mason (Apr. 13), and Morgan State (Apr. 20), in addition to the Penn Relays (Apr. 25-27).
Next, UMBC opens the championship run with the conference meet at Binghamton (May 4-5) and continues it at the ECAC/IC4A meet in Princeton N.J. (May 10-12) and the NCAA East Preliminaries (May 24-25), which will be hosted by North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C.