Husky Track Teams to Begin 2001 Campaign at Early Bird Invitational

Jan. 11, 2001

SEATTLE--After two months of off-season training, the men and women on the Washington track squad are ready to lace them up and get on the track for the inaugural meet of the 2001 Indoor season.

Members of the Washington men's and women's track teams will make the trek to Cheney, Wash., for the Early Bird Invitational Saturday.

Head Coach Orin Richburg said the meet will allow some of his new charges a chance to jump into competition feet first without too many expectations.

'It is an opportunity for us to take our new athletes, freshmen and transfers, to a meet,' Richburg said. ' It will get them into competition but not in a high pressure situation. It will let us see what they can really do and it will help them down the line. We will take as many of them as we can fit in the bus.'

*Joining the Ranks

The women's team has added 15 new faces to last year's roster, not including a few women who are returning to competition after a red-shirt year. The men's roster boasts 21 new names including both freshmen and transfers. Four men return to the squad after a red-shirt season.

The men's and women's indoor track schedule is as follows:

Jan. 13 Early Bird Invitational 9:30 a.m. Cheney, WA

Jan. 20 Jerry Martin Invitational 9:30 a.m. Cheney, WA

Jan. 27 Penn State Collegiate* 7 a.m. State College, PA

Feb. 3 Air Force Classic 9 a.m. Colorado Springs, Colo.

Feb. 9-10 Idaho Scoring Invitational 2 p.m. Moscow, Idaho

Feb. 16-17 Vandal Invitational 2 p.m. Moscow, Idaho

Feb. 23-24 Mountain Pacific Championships 4:30 p.m. L.A./Flagstaff, Ariz.

Mar. 3 Notre Dame Invitational* 7 a.m. Southbend, Ind.

Mar. 9-10 NCAA Indoor Championships 11 a.m. Fayetteville, Ark.

All times Pacific * -- Small group will travel.

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