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Track & Field releases stacked 2023 schedule

LUBBOCK, TX – Director of cross-country skiing and track Nick Cordes released the 2023 LCU Frack & Field schedule announced on Thursday 17th November.

The indoor portion of the schedule consists of 10 events which include the national championship meet. The outdoor portion features a full 14 possible events, including two meetings at the LCU Soccer & Track Facility.

Lubbock Christian rotates between Texas Tech and the University of New Mexico during the indoor season. The Chaps will open the season at the Corky Classic on January 13-14 at the Sports Performance Center before heading to Albuquerque for the first time on January 21 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

LCU will then split for the first time over the weekend of January 27-28, with half the team staying in Lubbock for the Texas Tech Open and the other half crossing state lines to the UNM Team Open. The full chaparral marathon returns to the Land of Enchantment on February 3rd and 4th for the New Mexico Collegiate Classic.

Over the weekend of February 10-11, the chaps split again, some members staying home for the Jarvis Scott Open at Texas Tech while others returned to New Mexico for the Don Kirby Elite Invitational. With the regular season ending just a day before the Lone Star Conference Championships, the chaps head to the Sports Performance Center for the Matador Qualifier.

LCU returns to SPC the next day to compete in the Lone Star Conference indoor championships. Last season, the men’s team finished in eighth place while the women finished in tenth place. Bryce Spencer set the pace with a third-place finish in the men’s weight throw, while Madelyn Merrell had the highest finish of any chaps this weekend with second place in the 800m.

If members of the Lubbock Christian track team qualify for the NCAA Championships, they will travel to Virginia Beach, Virginia, March 10-11. Last season, Anna Salisbury qualified for the 400m at the national championships, finishing 10th out of 20 competitors and missing the final by 0.35 seconds.

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The outdoor season kicks off just around the corner in Canyon at the West Texas A&M Spring Break Classic on March 17-18. The chaps continue to stay near the nest over the next week, making their way to Texas Tech for the March 24-25 Masked Rider Open.

The weekend of March 29-Apr. 1 brings the first split squad tour of the outdoor season, with multiple members heading to the Bobcat Invitational at Texas State in San Marcos. The best and most qualified chaps will go head-to-head against some of the nation’s most elite talent at the 95th Annual Texas Relays in Austin. The Chaps last competed at the Texas Relays in 2021, with Keitron Boyd competing in the 200-meter dash and Samuel Wing competing in the 400-meter hurdles. Wing picked up a top 30 finish in that event. The LCU men’s 4×400 relay team, consisting of Wing, Boyd, Haven Hernandez and Mitch Stutler, placed 17th at the meet.

LCU returns to Canyon on April 7th and 8th for the Jo Meaker Classic before embarking on their longest trip of the season and splitting up to attend three meetings of their choice in California. Some members can compete April 12-15 at the acclaimed Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California against the top competition from both Division II and Division I schools on the West Coast. LCU has never had a competitor attend this event.

Another option for the chaps is the Bryan Clay Invitational on April 13-15 in Azusa, California, hosted by Azusa Pacific. The LCU last took part in the top-tier event in 2018 Jaylen Tryon was 34th and set a provisional mark in the 800 meter run. In the women’s race, too, the Lady Chaps were last to start in 2018, led by Andria Sanchez, who finished fifth in the 5,000m, while Amira Cunningham finished 11th in the 3,000m steeplechase with a provisional mark.

Two other options for the chaps will take place April 14-15, first in Long Beach, California at The Beach Invitational hosted by Long Beach State. LCU has never attended a 49ers event. The final option is just down the road in Hobbs, NM at the Ross Black Open, also April 14-15, at New Mexico Junior College.

For the third consecutive year, LCU will host The Open on April 21st at the LCU Soccer & Track Facility. It’s the Chaps’ only home meeting of the regular season and brings in top talent from the Lone Star Conference and abroad. Lubbock Christian will remain in Hub City to complete the regular season at Texas Tech for the April 28-29 Corky/Crofoot Shootout.

For the first time in program history, Lubbock Christian will host the 2023 Lone Star Conference Outdoor Championships May 4-6 at the LCU Soccer & Track Facility. Spencer walked away from the 2022 edition of the LSC Championships as Male Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, also winning gold in the hammer throw and finishing runner-up in the discus and javelin throw. Salisbury led the women with a second place in the 400m.

The chaps have another chance to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships at the West Texas A&M Last Chance Meet in Canyon on May 14th. The NCAA DII Outdoor Championships will be held May 25-27 in Pueblo, Colorado at the CSU ThunderBowl. Last season, Spencer finished 15th in the discus throw at the national championships in Allendale, Michigan, while Salisbury finished 15th in the 400-meter dash.

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All dates and times are subject to change due to weather and other circumstances. Fans can keep up to date with the LCU athletics team at lcuchaps.com.

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