Track & Field Announces 2020-21 Indoor Schedule, Opens Season in Arkansas
LOS ANGELES – UCLA Track & Field has announced its tentative schedule for the 2021 season, as outlined by Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Avery Anderson. The track & field team will compete simultaneously with UCLA's cross country program during the indoor season.
The track & field team is set to compete in a pair of regular season meets before postseason competition begins. The squad opens its season at the Arkansas Qualifier in Fayetteville on Friday, Feb. 5. The Bruins will be back in action two weeks later at the Matador Qualifier on Feb. 19 in Lubbock, Texas. The competition is hosted by Texas Tech University.
UCLA's first postseason indoor competition is traditionally the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, but the MPSF has already canceled the 2021 league championship meet. Thus, the Bruins will head straight to the NCAA Indoor Championships on Mar. 12-13 back in Fayetteville on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
2021 UCLA Indoor Track & Field Schedule (*subject to change)
- Feb. 5 – Arkansas Qualifier (Fayetteville, Ark. – Randal Tyson Track Center)
- Feb. 19 – Matador Qualifier (Lubbock, Texas – Sports Performance Center)
- Mar. 12-13 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships (Fayetteville, Ark. – Randal Tyson Track Center)
Meet Preview – Arkansas Qualifier
UCLA Track & Field opens its 2021 season at the Arkansas Qualifier on Friday, Feb. 5 in Fayetteville, Ark. The competition will be held at the Randal Tyson Track Center and is hosted by the University of Arkansas.
The field event competition will kick at 10:00 a.m. PT with the start of the men's weight throw and women's pole vault and long jump competitions. The first event on the track will be the preliminary heats of the 60m hurdles at 12:00 p.m. PT. The men's 4x400m relay is the last event scheduled for Friday, with the gun set to go off at 4:05 p.m. PT.
The Bruins will get an early look at some strong opposing competition from around the country. The host Razorbacks boast the top-ranked women's squad in the nation and the No. 2 men's program, as determined by the most recent United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national rankings. The Bruins will square off against Big 12 squads Kansas and Kansas State, while Pac-12 foes Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, and Washington State will also send contingents to Fayetteville.
2020 in Review
While the 2020 outdoor season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bruins impressed during the indoor season. UCLA set six school records across various event disciplines, including Kenroy Higgins II's' 6.59 performance in the 60m and the women's 4x400m smashing the previous program record and clocking a time of 3:30.28. Higgins II (60m), Shae Anderson (400m), and Alyssa Wilson (weight throw) all qualified for the 2020 NCAA Indoor Championships (eventually canceled), and the Bruins also sent the women's 4x4 and men's DMR squads to the National Indoor Meet. The UCLA women notched the No. 15 national ranking ahead of NCAA Indoors, the highest ranking for the squad since 2015.