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Track and Field travels to Black and Gold meet

MT will combat cold temperatures in second meet of season

March 22, 2013 · @MTAthletics

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Coming off a successful week at the Rhodes Invitational in Memphis, Tenn., the Middle Tennessee track and field squad will head up I-24 to Nashville this weekend for the Black and Gold meet, hosted by Vanderbilt on Saturday.

"We had a pretty good showing last weekend, so we'll look to take advantage of what we did and keep getting better," head coach Dean Hayes said. "It always takes two or three meets to get your lungs back when you're transitioning from indoor to outdoor track, so these first few meets are when we'll try to get people started."

This is the fourth year that MT has competed in the event, which begins Friday at 4 p.m. The men's and women's triple jump will be the Blue Raiders' only field competitions on the first day. Friday's track events will be the invitational fields in the 1,500 and 3,000 meter races.

Saturday's field events start at 10 a.m., and track action starts at 11 a.m.

"We'll be doing some experimental events with different people this weekend, trying to mix some things up and see what fits well," Hayes said.

The Blue Raiders will be part of an extremely deep field, including athletes DePaul, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Michigan and Ohio State, among others.

Admission for this weekend's Black and Gold meet is free and will take place at the Vanderbilt Track, located along Natchez Trace, between Jess Neely and Blakemore.

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