PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania track & field programs have announced their upcoming schedule for 2016-17 and the Quakers will once again participate in several competitive meets as they look to culminate the seasons with NCAA appearances.
10 meets highlight the indoor slate which opens on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Lehigh University. The Red and Blue will race three times at the newly-minted Ocean Breeze Complex in Staten Island, N.Y. which opened last season to competition, and the Quakers will dot the calendar for Feb. 25-26 when they travel to the historic Armory for the Heptagonal Championships in late February. The indoor season culminates at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 10-11 in College Station, Texas.
Penn won’t have much time to rest before outdoor track and field begins with two local meets starting with the Philadelphia College Classic March 17-18. The following weekend keeps the Quakers within the friendly confines of Franklin Field for the Penn Challenge on March 25 before the team heads to the prestigious Florida Relays and Stanford Invitational March 31-April 1.
In a tradition that has been a hallmark of the Penn track & field experience, the Red and Blue will host the Transatlantic meet welcoming Oxford and Cambridge on April 15 at Franklin Field. The month of April will culminate with the 123rd running of the Penn Relays where the Quakers will look to defend their Championship of America title in the men’s 4xMile April 27-29.
Postseason racing begins with the Ivy League Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 6-7 in New Haven, Conn. while the ECAC/IC4A Championships will take place a week later on May 12-14 in Princeton, N.J.
The road to Eugene, Ore. begins on May 25 when the Quakers travel to Lexington, Ky. for the NCAA East Regional, while the NCAA Championships will once again be held at the University of Oregon June 7-10th.
The Quakers have set or matched the school record for NCAA qualifiers in each of the four years under Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Dolan. In his first season at the helm, Penn sent a program-high 11 individuals to the NCAA's, followed by 14 in 2014 and 16 in 2015 and 2016. The Quakers return 11 of those 16 qualifiers for the 2016-17 season.