Athens, GA - The University of Georgia’s newly renovated Spec Towns track will host three home meets to highlight the 2011 track and field season, including the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships.
The Bulldogs will welcome teams from around the league to Athens for the SEC Outdoor Championships on May 12-15 as Georgia attempts to put together its first team title since 2006.
“Our home schedule in 2011 is all about head-to-head competition when you look at the fact we have a dual meet with Missouri, a conference championship and a national-caliber team invitational,” said Georgia’s Wayne Norton, who will be entering his 12th season as head coach.
The other two home competitions for the Bulldog track and field squad are the annual Spec Towns National Team Invitational on April 8-9 and the team’s dual meet against Missouri on April 23.
“We want to have our stands packed for the three home meets because they should be outstanding meets that will be enhanced by energy coming from the spectators,” said Norton.
During the indoor season, Georgia will make two visits to Clemson, S.C., including a season opener against the Tigers from both Clemson and Auburn on January 15.
“We start off with the meet indoors against Clemson and Auburn which will be a great challenge because both of those teams are really good now,” said Norton.
The Bulldogs will also compete in an SEC vs. Big 12 meet on January 28-29 in College Station, Texas, which will serve as the site of the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships on March 11-12.
The SEC Indoor Championships will be held on the University of Arkansas’ campus on February 25-27.
“The overall schedule also reflects a competition aspect because there are more scored meets this season than in most seasons,” explained Norton.
During the outdoor season, Georgia runners will compete in Auburn, Atlanta, Gainesville, Fla., and Des Moines, Iowa. Des Moines will be the site of both the Drake Relays, which is a meet the Bulldogs frequent each year, and the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
An SEC vs. Big 10 matchup is also slated for the outdoor season in Starkville, Miss., on March 26.
Then, SEC teams converge on Athens during the second week of May for the conference championships. This marks the first time since 1999 that Athens has hosted the conference meet after the 2010 SEC Outdoor Championships were hosted by Tennessee.
“I want to put an emphasis for supporters of UGA track and field to attend the home meets and show some enthusiasm for our team,” said Norton.
The outdoor season concludes with the NCAA Regionals in Bloomington, Ind., on May 26-28 and the NCAA Championships on June 9-12.