NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After facing some of the toughest competition in the nation last week, the Belmont Bruins will look to build off that experience as the outdoor track and field season nears its midpoint with this week's Hilltopper Relays.
Belmont's full roster reunites at Bowling Green, Ky., for Friday's meet hosted by Western Kentucky following the stiff tests issued at the recent Texas Relays and Raleigh Relays. The Bruins split their squad and set three total school records at the respective meets, which drew regional and national competition.
"It's good perspective. Usually most athletes come out of that motivated, because that's the level you want to be competing at," said Belmont Associate Head Track Coach Cameron Harvey.
Declan McManus broke the 9-minute mark and re-set his own @BelmontXCTF school record in the 3K steeplechase during Friday's Raleigh Relays!https://t.co/Kp8aEycrSa#ItsBruinTime @GoBelmontBruins pic.twitter.com/QHRUnedx32— Belmont Runners (@BelmontXCTF) March 31, 2018
Harvey pointed to senior hurdler Caleb Corprew (Midwest, Okla.) as a good example. Corprew ran a 52.43 in the 400-meter hurdles at the Texas Relays, his second fastest time ever and the best in the event in the Ohio Valley Conference this spring, and still there were 26 racers ahead of him.
With Texas and Raleigh behind them, it's easier to see the main goal that lies hardly a month ahead: the OVC Outdoor Championships.
"Texas is done and now we look forward to conference. Everyone puts that on a pedestal a little bit," said Belmont Assistant Track Coach Joe Frye. "Now we get a good couple weeks to really grind and sharpen up for conference."
The Hilltopper Relays was originally scheduled as a two-day meet for Friday and Saturday before shifting its schedule because of forecasted inclement weather in the area for Saturday. Field events now start at 9 a.m. Friday with action on the track starting at noon on a rolling schedule.
Following the Hilltopper Relays' conclusion, only five weeks will remain before the OVC Championships, which take place May 10-12 at Cookeville, Tenn.
HILLTOPPER RELAYS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9:00 a.m. — Hammer (men-women)
Noon — Javelin (men-women)
Noon — Pole Vault (men-women)
Noon — Shot Put (women-men)
Noon — Long Jump (men-women)
1:00 p.m. — High Jump (women-men)
2:00 p.m. — Discus (men-women)
3:00 p.m. — Triple Jump (men-women)
Rolling schedule beginning at noon
*All events order are men followed by women