This coming Saturday, April 21, Beloit College will host a home track and field meet for the first time in almost exactly 15 years. The Beloit Open begins at around 11:30 a.m. at Strong Stadium's Karris Track.
The Buccaneers last competed at home in the Herb Hodges Invitational on April 19, 1997. After that meet, and in the ensuing years, the track surface was deemed unsafe for competition. In the 15 years since a large number of student-athletes have never had the pleasure, or comfort, of competing on familiar ground.
That all changes Saturday.
Back in 1997 Lawrence University won the nine-team women’s meet while Wheaton College took the 10-team men’s meet. The Beloit women finished fourth, while the Men tied for fifth with Lawrence.
Individually, the men had three event winners with Evan McLeod winning the 400m, Todd Braje the high jump, and Mark Haag the long jump. The women won four events.Jesse Logan won the 10000m. And then there was Alanna Moss.
Moss was a busy person that day. She won the heptathlon, high jump and triple jump. She also finished third in the long jump, sixth in the 100m hurdles, seventh in the javelin and anchored the sixth-place 400m relay.
Now a whole new group of athletes have the opportunity to make their mark on home turf. And on April 26-27 of 2013, the legendary Beloit Relays return to the Strong Complex.
A new era in Beloit track and feild begins on Saturday. It’s an exciting time for Buccaneer Athletics.
UP AHEAD IN BUCCANEER ATHLETICS
Go to www.beloit.edu/bucs to get the entire schedule and catch up on last week’s results.