Eagles will travel to the University of Washington up to four times during indoor season
The Eastern Washington University track and field teams will open their indoor campaign on home soil, as they host the Montana Grizzlies at the Third Annual Candy Cane meet in Cheney, Wash., December 3-4.
The Candy Cane is a dual meet against Montana, where the teams compete in the straight-away and field events only, giving both teams a competitive atmosphere before heading to more elite contests and giving them a chance to qualify for the conference championships early on.
The Eagles will compete at the University of Washington three times in their schedule prior to the Big Sky Conference Championships and then once more after, for a last chance to qualify for the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships.
Eastern will face a variety of competitors at Washington’s Dempsey Indoor facility, as the 300-meter track attracts teams nation-wide, including multiple BSC opponents.
“Since UW built their oversized indoor track, they’ve attracted top teams and top runners, and the performances reflect those conditions,” said head men’s track coach Stan Kerr, “We will see teams from a variety of conferences who always guarantee top performances.”
Seattle is a short four-hour drive for the Eagles, compared to further-located venues in Eastern’s line-up, like Boise State (seven hours) and Idaho State (10 hours).
“The weather can often affect your travel for indoor track. Seattle is usually a guaranteed trip,” said Kerr.
Eastern will travel to Nampa, Idaho February 4 to compete at Boise State’s Jackson Indoor Track, the scene of the 2012 Division I Indoor Championships.
“Boise has an outstanding facility with a very fast track,” said Kerr. “It’s likely that more teams will attend so they can preview the championship venue, to get a feel for the place.”
The conference championships are February 25-26 at Idaho State in Pocatello, Idaho and nationals will be hosted by Texas A&M March 11-12 in College Station, Texas.
“For us to compete against cream-of-the-crop teams early, gives freshmen a glimpse of what they have to prepare for and it gives our top performers a chance to get noticed,” said Kerr.
Dec. 3 vs. Candy Cane III, @ Cheney, Wash. (Pentathlon, final)/Heptathlon, Day one)
Dec. 4 vs. Candy Cane III, @ Cheney, Wash.
Jan. 15 vs. UW Indoor Preview Dempsey Indoor @ Seattle Wash.
Jan. 28 vs. UW Invitational Dempsey Indoor @ Seattle, Wash.
Jan. 29 vs. UW Invitational Dempsey Indoor @ Seattle, Wash.
Feb. 4 vs. United Heritage Invitational @ Nampa, Idaho
Feb. 5 vs. United Heritage Invitational @ Nampa, Idaho
Feb. 11 vs. Husky Classic Dempsey Indoor @ Seattle, Wash.
Feb. 12 vs. Husky Classic Dempsey Indoor @ Seattle, Wash.
Feb. 25 vs. Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships @ Pocatello, Idaho
Feb. 26 vs. Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships @ Pocatello, Idaho
Mar. 5 vs. UW Final Qualifier Dempsey Indoor @ Seattle, Wash.
Mar. 11 vs. NCAA Division I Indoor Championships College Station, Texas TBA
Mar. 12 vs. NCAA Division I Indoor Championships College Station, Texas TBA