STEPHENVILLE – It is only five weeks between Tarleton’s official return to athletics.
As student-athletes take a break for winter vacation after the end of Finals week, the program unveiled its full indoor and outdoor program for 2022 on Thursday.
The Texans will compete in a total of 10 regular-season games across Texas – three indoors and seven outdoors – and close both lists with out-of-state trips to the Western indoor and outdoor championships. Athletic Conference.
The season officially begins on a familiar playground. Tarleton begins the indoor campaign Jan. 14-15 at the Texas Tech Corky Classic in Lubbock. The Texans have competed in multiple indoor competitions at the Red Raiders Sports Performance Center over five of the six seasons between 2015-2020 and traveled West Texas for the Corky Classic in 2020 in their final year in the division. II of the NCAA.
The 2022 edition of the Corky Classic contains an extra layer of importance. This is Tarleton’s first-ever indoor meeting as a Division I program. The WAC did not sponsor an indoor track and field championship in 2021 due to COVID-19, moving straight to the season in outdoors.
Tarleton then heads south the following week for the FasTrak Athletix Collegiate Challenge on January 22 in Houston and returns to Lubbock for the Texas Tech Open and Multis on January 28-29.
The team will then train for two weeks before venturing into the Land of Enchantment for the WAC Indoor Championships February 18-19 in Albuquerque.
The meet only marks the fourth appearance at the All-Sport Conference Championship in Tarleton’s WAC and D1 era. It also gives Tarleton his first chance to see how the program compares to a reloaded WAC with the January additions of Abilene Christian, Lamar, Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin bringing the conference to 13 members.
The first three meetings of Tarleton’s outdoor program are carbon copies of its 2021 lineup. The Texans will kick off March 17-19 at the ACU Wes Kittley Invitational in Abilene and then send athletes to the Texas Relays (March 23-26) and David Noble Relays (March 31-April 1). The Texans competed in every competition last season and have done so every year since 2014.
April will be the busiest four-week period of the spring semester for Tarleton as the program has four meetings on the schedule. The month begins with a short trip south to Waco for the Baylor Invitational on April 2. Two trips east in as many weeks are on the bridge, as Tarleton will next compete in the North Texas Classic and the SFA Invite on April 9 and April. 15, respectively, at Denton and Nacogdoches. After a well-deserved week’s rest, Tarleton wraps up his regular season on April 28 at the UT Arlington Invitational.
Tarleton knows his April slate well. The Texans competed in both the North Texas Classic and the UT Arlington Invitational in 2021 and also received an invitation to the prestigious Michael Johnson Invitational in Baylor.
The ultimate prize and the pinnacle of the track season then awaits Tarleton – a plane trip to the Pacific Northwest for the WAC Outdoor Championships May 12-14. The meeting is hosted by Seattle U on the University of Washington campus.
The 2021 WAC Outdoor Championships were a spectacular conclusion to Tarleton’s first season at the D1 level. The Texans crowned four individual conference champions and won the men’s 4x400m relay title in May in Edinburgh. The program also saw 22 athletes win First or Second Team All-WAC honors.
The Texans have 96 athletes on their roster. The program looks back on 52 competitors – 27 women and 25 men – from last season and anticipates the debut of 44 newcomers this spring.