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11/28/01

 

Here we go again . . .

2002 Indoor Season

by John Dye

BALTIMORE MD 12/6/01 - We've been trying to ignore it, but indoor season is knocking at the door. The first major meet of the season, the Bishop Loughlin Games, is December 15 at the New York Armory, just one week after cross country ends with the Foot Locker finals in Florida.

This could be called Amtrak season. Many of the season's biggest attractions are accessible by Amtrak in the Eastern Seaboard arc served by the Acela Regional train -- from Boston's Reggie Lewis Center on the north to the new Prince George's Sportsplex in Maryland on the south. In the center of the entire season is the New York Armory, with 85 meets again, including one that already tipped off 10 days ago.

New facilities are spawning new meets, such as Chris Lester's Midwest Indoor Track Classic at the University of Nebraska February 9. The University of North Carolina will sponsor a high school meet February --- in its new indoor facility, which will also host the ACC college championships. The PG Sportsplex, next to the Washington Redskins playpen outside of Washington DC, will have a bigger platter with the closing of the Baltimore Armory for repairs; included is the new Montgomery Invitational on January 12, which has earned Millrose Games mile qualifier status.

Simplot Games - the J. R. Simplot company's massive gift to the sport -- will have its 24th running in Pocatello ID, just north of the Winter Olympics festivities in Utah. (February 16)

LA Invitational - hopefully on again this year after missing last year due to sponsorship troubles. (February 23)

The Millrose Games will again give preps a stage at Madison Square Garden with the invitational mile and relays. (February 1)

Due to the lack of major public facilities except for Boston, New York and Maryland, colleges play an important role, with a new wave of construction (Nebraska, North Carolina, Arkansas, Penn State, and Tennessee for example). Older facilities will continue yeoman duty at Seton Hall, Dartmouth, Yale, Brown, Harvard, Princeton, and Viginia Tech.

Meets that we know about are on the DyeStat Calendar. Send us information on other meets by email to John Dye at [email protected]

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