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MOREHEAD, Kentucky. Coach Clay Dixon announced the end of the Morehead State Athletics schedule. The full list of appointments includes stops in Marshall, Notre Dame, North Carolina State, Cincinnati, eastern Kentucky, and Liberty, among others.
The Eagles have competed in the closed part of the schedule twice already, opening the season on December 9 with the Marshall Opener and then competing in their first set of races of the spring semester in Huntington, West Virginia at Marshall Stadium. Classic January 14th.
In total, the Blues and Golds will compete in six indoor and eight outdoor events, culminating in the Ohio Valley Conference Championship each season – indoor Feb. 22-23 in Birmingham, Alabama, and outdoor Feb. 11 -May 13 in Edwardsville. Sick.
For the second year in a row, Morehead State makes three trips to Marshall. In addition to the Marshall Opener and Marshall Classic, the Marshall Invitational will take place on February 10-11.
The first part of the closed season will include only the women’s team. After the first two competitions, the men will compete in the Bellarmine Open on January 20, the Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame on February 3-4, and the Marshall Invitational. Since MSU does not officially sponsor a men’s indoor track and field team, the OVC Indoor Championships will only feature Eagle women.
Dixon strives to gradually improve every week. This is especially important for athletes in the closed season, when they have their first competition.
“We will be able to see what stage of preparation the sprinters are in,” he said. “This should help me understand what we need to work on over the next few weeks before OVC closes.”
While the list of indoor meetups reflects last year’s schedule, the outdoor portion will feature only two repeat rides – the season-opening March 17 Jim Vargo Invitational in Louisville and the May 3 Liberty Twilight in Lynchburg, Virginia.
The remainder of the outdoor season includes competition at Raleigh Relays NC March 23-25, Oliver Nikoloff Invitational at the University of Cincinnati on April 1, Center Twilight in Danville, Kentucky on April 14, Rick Erdmann Invitational eKU. April 21-22 and the University of Kentucky Jim Green Invitational April 28-29.
Unlike a cross-country hike, none of the stops will be the first ride. MSU has previously participated in the Raleigh Relay in 2016, the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational in 2015, the Center Twilight in 2015 and the Rick Erdmann Invitational in 2021. The Eagles also competed in the UK last spring but in a different competition.
MSU was scheduled to compete in the Raleigh Relays and Oliver Nikoloff Invitational during the 2020 campaign, but the competition was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The OVC Indoor Championships will return to the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama for the fourth time in five years. The OVC Outdoor Championship will be held in Edwardsville, Illinois for the first time since 2014. Last year, MSU women placed 10th both indoors and outdoors, while the men were seventh outdoors.
As always, Dixon’s goal is to peak at every conference. The results before then are less important.
“I think we will really shine in the second half of the open schedule,” he said. “Usually we start a race well when the weather gets warmer during racing season. Centre, eKU and UK always bring a lot of personal bests.”