Dual meets returning to college track

Regular readers of this space know I like college dual meets and yearn for the days when they made up the bulk of most teams’ schedules. Well, 2013 won’t be quite like the old days, but it will be more like it this year than it has been in a long time.

Last year I compiled national dual meet rankings for Track and Field News magazine. This year I’m expanding the practice. I’ll be releasing updated rankings every week, and there will be separate rankings for the indoor season and for a combined indoor/outdoor season.

This year appears to mark a turning point, and a prominent national power leads the way. Arkansas’ recent press release announcing its 2012-13 track schedule trumpeted the Razorbacks’ heavy scored-meet slate. The Hogs will compete in five dual/tri/quad meets, plus other larger scored invitationals. Two years ago it was remarkable that UCLA had four dual-type meets on its schedule, and they weren’t a national title contender. In fact, six of the Hogs’ nine indoor meets will be scored, as will six of their ten outdoor meets.

In order to determine which teams are eligible for ranking, I’ve been poring through college track websites, trying to compile a complete listing of dual, triangular, and quadrangular meets. I’ve only gotten about 60% of the way through all the D-I teams, starting with the highest-profile programs, but below is what I have so far.

Note that not all of these fit the TFN definition of a “dual meet”, a scored meet among four or fewer teams. Five teams coming together and producing ten different dual-meet scores doesn’t cut it, so some meets called “dual invitationals” probably don’t belong here, but they’re on the list until I know otherwise.

Feel free to let me know of any additions, corrections, or deletions to the list. These are works in progress.

Men, Indoor

7-Dec Indiana State at Eastern Illinois
8-Dec Dakota Duals at North Dakota State
6-Jan Navy at Princeton
10-Jan Emporia St, Ft Hays St and Oral Roberts at Wichita St
11-Jan Texas at Arkansas
11-Jan Akron and Buffalo at Eastern Michigan
12-Jan Purdue at Indiana
12-Jan Illinois State at Indiana State
12-Jan American, Mt. St. Mary’s and VCU at Navy
18-Jan Wisconsin Elite Invitational (teams TBA)
18-Jan Kent State at Akron
18-Jan Montana State Dual Meet Invitational
19-Jan LSU and Arkansas at Texas A&M
19-Jan Indiana State at Purdue
19-Jan J.D. Martin Invitational Duals at Oklahoma (teams TBA)
19-Jan Columbia and Dartmouth at Yale
19-Jan Holy Cross, Stonehill & Worcester St at New Hampshire
19-Jan Temple at Navy
26-Jan Michigan vs Michigan State at Allendale
26-Jan Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan & Hillsdale at Grand Valley
26-Jan Lafayette at Lehigh
2-Feb Holy Cross at Maine
3-Feb Navy at Army
8-Feb quadrangular at Liberty (teams TBA)
9-Feb North Carolina and Alabama at Nebraska
9-Feb Harvard and Yale at Princeton

Women, Indoor

7-Dec Indiana State at Eastern Illinois
7-Dec Bowling Green and TBA at Eastern Michigan
8-Dec Dakota Duals at North Dakota State
5-Jan Toledo at Western Michigan
10-Jan Emporia St, Ft Hays St and Oral Roberts at Wichita St
11-Jan Oklahoma State at Arkansas
11-Jan quadrangular at Princeton (teams TBA)
12-Jan Purdue at Indiana
12-Jan Illinois State at Indiana State
12-Jan quadrangular at Navy (teams TBA)
18-Jan Wisconsin Elite Invitational (teams TBA)
18-Jan Kent State at Akron
18-Jan Montana State Dual Meet Invitational (teams TBA)
19-Jan LSU and Arkansas at Texas A&M
19-Jan Indiana State at Purdue
19-Jan J.D. Martin Invitational Duals at Oklahoma (teams TBA)
19-Jan Columbia and Dartmouth at Yale
19-Jan Holy Cross, Stonehill & Worcester St at New Hampshire
26-Jan Michigan vs Michigan State at Allendale
26-Jan Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan & Hillsdale at Grand Valley St
26-Jan Lafayette at Lehigh
2-Feb Holy Cross at Maine
3-Feb Navy at Army
8-Feb quadrangular at Liberty (teams TBA)
9-Feb North Carolina and Alabama at Nebraska
9-Feb Harvard and Yale at Princeton
15-Feb Miami (OH), Northern Illinois and Western Michigan at Ball State

Men, Outdoor

2-Mar Fullerton vs Cal Poly Pomona at Mt SAC
9-Mar Cal Poly at Fresno State
16-Mar Tulsa Duals
22-Mar North Texas, Stephen F Austin and TCU at Baylor
23-Mar Texas, UCLA and Arkansas at Texas State
23-Mar American & Colgate at Navy
30-Mar Wyoming and Northern Colorado at Colorado State
5-Apr Milwaukee at Marquette
6-Apr Virginia and Michigan at Cal
6-Apr Washington, Washington St & Texas A&M at Oregon
6-Apr LSU and TCU at UCLA
6-Apr Albany at Connecticut
6-Apr Northeast Ohio Quad at Akron (teams TBA)
6-Apr Idaho Cup at Northwest Nazarene (teams TBA)
6-Apr North Dakota & South Dakota at South Dakota St
6-Apr Army at Navy
6-Apr Lehigh at Lafayette
12-Apr Fullerton, Long Beach St & TBA at UCSB
13-Apr Vermont and Middlebury at Dartmouth
13-Apr New Mexico at Air Force
13-Apr Wyoming, TBA and TBA at Nebraska
13-Apr TBA and TBA at Colorado State
13-Apr North Dakota at North Dakota State
13-Apr quadrangular at Army (teams TBA)
20-Apr Arkansas at Oregon
20-Apr Cal at Stanford
26-Apr Sacramento State at UC Davis
27-Apr Florida and Ohio State at Arkansas
27-Apr Arizona and Northern Arizona at Arizona State
27-Apr Washington State at Washington
27-Apr Cal State Fullerton at Cal State Northridge
27-Apr Montana State at Montana
28-Apr UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly
29-Apr UCLA at Southern Cal
3-May TBA at Wyoming

Women, Outdoor

2-Mar Fullerton vs Cal Poly Pomona at Mt SAC
9-Mar Cal Poly at Fresno State
16-Mar Tulsa Duals
22-Mar North Texas, SFA and TCU at Baylor
30-Mar Wyoming and Northern Colorado at Colorado State
5-Apr Milwaukee at Marquette
6-Apr Virginia and Michigan at Cal
6-Apr Washington, Washington St & Texas A&M at Oregon
6-Apr LSU and TCU at UCLA
6-Apr Marshall at Ohio University
6-Apr Northeast Ohio Quad at Akron (teams TBA)
6-Apr Idaho Cup at Northwest Nazarene (teams TBA)
6-Apr North Dakota & South Dakota at South Dakota St
6-Apr Army at Navy
6-Apr Lehigh at Lafayette
11-Apr Toledo at Bowling Green
12-Apr Fullerton, Long Beach St & TBA at UCSB
13-Apr Vermont and Middlebury at Dartmouth
13-Apr New Mexico at Air Force
13-Apr Wyoming, TBA and TBA at Nebraska
13-Apr TBA and TBA at Colorado State
13-Apr North Dakota at North Dakota State
13-Apr quadrangular at Army (teams TBA)
20-Apr Cal at Stanford
26-Apr Sacramento State at UC Davis
27-Apr Florida and UCF at Arkansas
27-Apr Arizona and Northern Arizona at Arizona State
27-Apr Washington State at Washington
27-Apr Cal State Fullerton at Cal State Northridge
27-Apr Montana State at Montana
28-Apr UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly
29-Apr UCLA at Southern Cal
3-May TBA at Wyoming

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2 Responses to Dual meets returning to college track

  1. joe connelly says:

    Saturday Dec 1: Hartford @ University of Vermont. Saint Michael’s (DII) Track Club also competing. http://uvmathletics.com/news/2012/11/29/TRACK_1129125519.aspx?path=track

    Friday Jan 18: Middlebury (DIII) @ University of Vermont. Saint Michael’s (DII) Track Club also competing.

  2. Mary says:

    Harvard at Yale – 4/13 (annual dual)

    Harvard + Yale vs Oxford + Cambridge, in Cambridge MA – 4/16 (two-team dual meet, held every two years)

    http://yalebulldogs.com/sports/m-track/2012-13/schedule