Sept. 12, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Highlighted by eight home meets and the triennial Service Academy Championships, the Air Force track and field team released its 2013 competition schedule on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The Falcons will host five indoor meets at the Cadet Field House and three outdoor competitions at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex.
"This is the year of our Service Academy Championships, which will be held on March 22-23, at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Fla.," Air Force head coach Ralph Lindeman, an 11-time conference coach of the year, said upon the schedule's release. "That will certainly be the regular season highlight for us, sandwiched as it is between the indoor and outdoor Mountain West Championships."
For the second straight year, the Falcons kick off the new season in December, as they host the Air Force Holiday Open on Dec. 7. Following the school's winter break, the team returns to the Academy on Jan. 12 for the annual All-Comers Meet, before traveling to Lincoln, Neb., for the adidas Classic on Jan. 19. Select members of the Falcons' pole vault team will travel to Reno, Nev., that weekend (Jan. 18-19) for the prestigious Pole Vault Summit.
The Falcons return to the Academy the following week to close out the first full month of the season, as they host the Air Force Indoor Combined Events Meet on Jan. 24-25 and the 23rd-annual Air Force Invitational on Jan. 25-26.
Air Force opens the month of February in Albuquerque, N.M., at the New Mexico Classic on Feb. 1-2. Select distance and middle distance runners will travel to Seattle, Wash., for the Husky Class on Feb. 8-9, while the rest of the squad will host the second-annual Air Force Team Challenge on Feb. 9. Air Force will make its first trip in some time to Golden, Colo., for the Joe Davies Open on Feb. 16, before heading to Boise, Idaho, for the 2013 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships, where the men's squad looks to defend its conference title.
The indoor season concludes with the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. (March 1-2) and the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. (Mar. 8-9).
The Falcons open the outdoor season in Boulder, Colo., at the traditional Potts Invitational on March 15-16, before heading to Miramar, Fla., for the third Service Academy Championships on March 22-23. The women are the defending team champions, while the men won the SAC team title during the inaugural meet in 2007. Air Force closes out the month (March 29-30) at the prestigious Texas Relays in Austin.
Air Force returns to the Academy in April to host the AF Outdoor Combined Events Meet (April 4-5) and the second annual Air Force Relays on April 6 at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex. Select distance runners will also travel to Palo Alto, Calif., that weekend to compete at the Stanford Invitational.
The Falcons head back out on the road for three more weekends of competition, including meets at the UNM Triangular (April 13/Albuquerque, N.M.), the Mt. SAC/California Combined Events Meet (April 17-18/Azusa, Calif.), the Mt. SAC Relays (April 19-20/Walnut, Calif.), the Drake Relays (April 26-27/Des Moines, Iowa) and the Jack Christiansen Invitational (April 26-27/Fort Collins, Colo.).
Air Force closes out the regular season at home, when it hosts the Twilight Open on May 3. The Falcons will then travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 8-11, where the men will also look to retain the conference title.
The 2013 collegiate season concludes with the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The preliminary round will be held May 23-25 in Austin, Texas, while the final round will be June 5-8 at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.