FORT WORTH, Texas – Track and field head coach Darryl Anderson announced the indoor and outdoor track and field schedules for the 2017-2018 school year. Between the indoor and outdoor seasons, the Horned Frogs will travel to meets hosted by Big 12, SEC, and Pac-12 schools and compete against programs from all five Power Five conferences.
“We were looking at the level of competition,” Anderson said. “We want to see every power five conference before the postseason and run against the best of the best. So, when we get to conferences, regionals, and nationals, it’s nothing new to them.”
For Anderson, the positioning of men’s and women’s teams played a role in scheduling. The men’s team returns most of the roster from a year ago, while the women’s team features many talented newcomers.
“Our men’s team is almost 99% intact from last year with some additions,” Anderson said. “We should be pretty good on the men’s team and with that being said, we want to see higher levels of competition. On the women’s team, we’ve got some younger girls coming with some good credentials and we want to get them started immediately. So, they understand being at TCU, being at a Power Five, being in the Big 12, and what that level of competition will entail.”
The indoor season will begin Dec. 9, with a meet at Texas A&M, the first of two meets in College Station. TCU will also compete at Texas Tech in their new facility and return to New Mexico, where they competed last season as well.
Indoor postseason starts Feb. 23, at the Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Iowa State. Two weeks later on March 9-10, the indoor season will wrap up in College Station for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
The outdoor season starts in Fort Worth with the Horned Frog’s lone home meet of the year. The TCU Invitational is scheduled for March 16-17. Throughout the spring, TCU will travel to several Power Five schools, including the Texas Relays, Arizona State’s Sun Angel Classic, Florida’s Tom Jones Memorial, and the Arkansas Invitational.
The Horned Frogs open outdoor postseason in Waco, Texas, for the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships, scheduled for May 11-13. Following the conference meet, NCAA Outdoor Regionals are scheduled for May 24-26 in Sacramento, Calif. The season concludes in Eugene, Ore., with the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Last season, four Horned Frogs and three relays represented TCU at the national championships. This year, nationals are scheduled for June 6-9.