DURHAM, N.C. – The 2019 Duke men’s and women’s track & field schedule was released Friday afternoon, as announced by director of track and field Norm Ogilvie.
Duke will open the 2019 indoor season on Jan. 12 to battle at the Carolina Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C. The teams will then travel to Blacksburg, Va., Jan. 18-19 for the Hokie Invite before wrapping up the month of January at the Armory Collegiate Jan. 24-26 in New York, N.Y.
“There are not a lot of changes from the 2018 schedule,” Ogilvie said. “We’ll open up at the Carolina Cup, always a great meet to start where we get to run against our in-state rivals such as ECU, NC State and North Carolina. One of the big changes next year will be the Virginia Tech track in Blacksburg, after a year down for renovations, is brand new. We’ll go up there a few times with the ACC Championship there at the end of February. It’s always been a good competitive meet so we like going there.”
The Blue Devils will kick off February competition with the Camel City Invite on Feb. 1-2 in Winston-Salem, N.C., followed by the Tiger Paw Invite in Clemson, S.C., on Feb. 8-9. Duke will have a split weekend on Feb. 15-16 as the Blue Devils compete at the Virginia Tech Classic and the UCS Invite in Blacksburg, Va., and Winston-Salem, N.C., respectively.
“We’re excited to return to the Armory Invite and the Tiger Paw Meet,” added Ogilvie. “Both of which are fantastic, national-caliber meets.”
Duke will return to Blacksburg, Va., for the third time as the Blue Devils battle their ACC foes at the ACC Indoor Championship on Feb. 21-23. The indoor season will culminate with the NCAA Indoor Championship in Birmingham, Al., on March 8-9.
Following the conclusion of the NCAA Indoor Championship, Duke’s 2019 outdoor campaign will commence on the final weekend of March with a pair of split meets at the Texas Relays (March 27-30) in Austin, Texas and at the Raleigh Relays (March 29-30) 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 6.
“Outdoors, we will go to the Texas Relays early, followed by the Battle of the Blues on our track, which is always a great meet for our team and the local fans,” Ogilvie said.
Duke will continue its heavy April schedule with the Tennessee Relays on April 11-13 in Knoxville, Tenn. Multi-event athletes will test their skills by traveling to Azusa, Calif., for the Mt. Sac Relays on April 17-18. The Blue Devils will host their final home meet of the spring with the Duke Invitational on April 19-20. Rounding out the month of April and the regular season will be a busy weekend as Duke splits its team between three meets. The Blue Devils will hit the road to Philadelphia for the 125th running of the Penn Relays April 25-27, along with heading to Charlottesville, Va., and Chapel Hill, N.C. for the Virginia Grand Prix and to compete against North Carolina, respectively, on April 27.
“We’ll take a smaller group to the Tennessee Relays and host the Duke Invitational,” finished Ogilvie. “We will conclude the regular season with our return to the Penn Relays. We had our most successful Penn Relays in school history last year with two fourth-place finishes and one Championship of America win (in the 4x400m), so that will be a much-anticipated on the schedule.”
With the ACC Outdoor Championship next on the schedule, the Blue Devils will travel back to Charlottesville on May 9-11. Duke will return ACC champion Kiegan Lenihan in the javelin throw and first team All-ACC selection Jaida Lemmons in the heptathlon.
Qualifying Blue Devils will take a week to rest before heading to Jacksonville, Fla., for the NCAA East Preliminary Round on May 23-25 in search of punching their tickets for the NCAA Outdoor Championship on June 5-8 in Austin, Texas. The Blue Devils sent six individuals to Eugene, Ore., this past spring and brought home six second team All-America accolades.