DURHAM, N.C. – The 2018 Duke men’s and women’s track & field schedule was released Wednesday afternoon, as announced by head coach Norm Ogilvie.
“After finishing the outdoor season with a record number of individuals to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, we are eager to begin the 2018 campaign and will start with our traditional opener at the Carolina Cup,” Ogilvie said. “Over the course of the track and field seasons, we will offer our athletes excellent opportunities to compete at the highest level nationally while looking to be our very best as a team at the ACC Championships.”
Duke will open the 2018 indoor season Jan. 13 to battle at the Carolina Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C. The teams will then travel to Clemson, S.C., Jan. 19-20 for the Clemson Invite before wrapping up the month of January at the Armory Collegiate Jan. 26-27 in New York, N.Y.
The Blue Devils will kick off February competition with a split weekend at the Michigan Invite and Camel City Invite on Feb. 2-3 in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Winston-Salem, N.C., respectively. The Blue Devils will return to compete as an entire team at the Tiger Paw Invite in Clemson, S.C., on Feb. 9-10. Clemson will be hosting the conference indoor championship in 2018, marking the second of three trips to South Carolina this winter.
A small group of Blue Devil jumpers will travel to the Colorado Spring, Colo., to take advantage of the high-altitude conditions at the Air Force Open on Feb. 17. The rest of the team will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the UCS Invite on Feb. 16-17 to complete ACC preparations.
The Blue Devils will compete against their ACC foes at the ACC Indoor Championships on Feb. 22-24 in Clemson, S.C. The NCAA Indoor Championships will remain in College Station, Texas for a second consecutive year on March 9-10.
Following the conclusion of the NCAA Indoor Championships, Duke’s 2018 outdoor campaign will commence as the Blue Devils battle Wake Forest on March 24 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Duke will then close out the month of March with a pair of split meets at the Texas Relays (March 28-31) in Austin, Texas and at the Raleigh Relays (March 30-31) in Raleigh, N.C.
The Blue Devils will then host the first of two home meets of the spring, welcoming North Carolina and Michigan to Morris Williams Stadium for the Battle of the Blues on April 7.
Duke will continue their heavy April schedule with the Tennessee Relays on April 12-14 in Knoxville, Tenn. Multi-event athletes will test their skills by traveling to Azusa, Calif., for the Mt. Sac Relays April 18-19. The Blue Devils will host their final home meet of the spring with the Duke Invitational April 20-21. Rounding out the month of April and the regular season, Duke will hit the road to Philadelphia for the 124th running of the Penn Relays April 26-28 and at the Virginia Grand Prix on April 28 in Charlottesville, Va.
With the ACC Outdoor Championships next on the schedule, the Blue Devils will travel to Miami, Fla., May 10-12. Duke will return two of its three 2017 conference champions in Madison Heath in pole vault and Nicholas Solfanelli in javelin.
Qualifying Blue Devils will take a week to rest before heading to Tampa, Fla., for the NCAA East Preliminary Round May 24-26 in search of punching their tickets for the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 6-9 in Eugene, Ore. The Blue Devils sent 10 individuals to Eugene this past spring, led by Katelyn Gochenour taking sixth in the women’s javelin competition and earning first team All-America accolades as a freshman.