JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With nine regular season meets between the indoor and outdoor seasons, the Jacksonville University women's track and field team looks to build on its success from a year ago with a challenging schedule slated for 2018.
Beginning in January, the Dolphins' indoor schedule features northern travel as three of JU's four regular season meets take place in the Boston, Mass. area.
Jacksonville opens the 2018 indoor season on Jan. 20 at the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Dolphins then hit to the road for back-to-back meets, beginning with Harvard's Crimson Elite in Cambridge, Mass. on Feb. 2. The following day, JU heads across town to Boston University for the Scarlet and White Invite.
The quality of competition among those three meets prepares the Dolphins for the 2018 ASUN Conference Indoor Championships, held at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. on Feb. 16 and 17.
Serving as Jacksonville's final opportunity to hit NCAA-qualifying marks, the Dolphins return to Boston University on Feb. 25 for the Terriers' Last Chance Meet.
Qualifying Dolphins will then travel west to College Station, Texas for the NCAA Indoor Championships, held March 9 and 10 at Texas A&M University.
Jacksonville will not have to venture far to open the outdoor season, as the Dolphins head across town March 23 for UNF Spring Break Invitational.
JU splits up the following weekend, March 30 and 31, between the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla. and the Embry-Riddle Spikes Classic Heptathlon in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Returning to Gainesville two weeks later, the Dolphins compete in the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational on April 13. With final exams and graduation on the horizon, Jacksonville stays nearby with a quick trip across town on April 27 for the North Florida Invite.
JU returns to familiar territory May 11 and 12 for the ASUN Conference Outdoor Championships, hosted by North Florida.
Closing out May, qualifying Dolphins head across the state to Tampa, Fla. for the NCAA Championship East Prelims, held at South Florida's USF Track & Field Stadium.
The NCAA Championships Finals take place June 6-9 in Eugene, Ore.