NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Though the 2018 spring outdoor track and field season officially kicked off for Belmont University last week, the Bruins will throw the full force of their roster into competition this week at the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational.
"It's basically like our home meet, so a lot of the team will be opening up if they didn't open up last week," said Belmont Assistant Track Coach Kate Bucknam.
The Vanderbilt-hosted meet is Belmont's only outdoor competition in Nashville this spring. The Black & Gold Invitational begins with select field events Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. with a few track events getting under way at 5 p.m. The majority of the meet will be held Saturday starting at 10 a.m.
The Bruins are coming off a strong showing last weekend in Atlanta at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, the first competition since the conclusion of Belmont's indoor track season on Feb. 24. Few Bruins outside of a deep corps of throwers competed in more than one event though in the soft opening to the season.
That will be different this time around, assured Belmont Associate Head Track Coach Cameron Harvey
"There'll be a lot more doubling this weekend for the people who only did one event last week individually. Two days, two events to kind of see where we are endurance-wise," Harvey said. "For some athletes those will be some tuneups before we head to bigger meets."
The schedule ramps up in competition following this weekend's Vanderbilt meet with Belmont splitting its squad across two highly competitive competitions next week. Many Bruins will attend the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina while those who qualify will head to the more exclusive Littlefield Texas Relays, now in their 91st year.