After their reincarnation last spring, the Beloit Relays are back for the 2014 season and the athletics department is buzzing as it gears up for this year’s event. Taking place at Strong Stadium’s Karris Track, the two-day event runs next weekend, from Friday, April 25 through Saturday, April 26.
“It is our only home track and field meet for all of our athletes," says Head Track and Field Coach Brian Bliese. "With eight teams coming to participate, it should be a great meet for spectators and students. From relays to jumping and throwing, there is always something happening on the track. We hope for great weather and a huge crowd.”
The action begins next Friday at 5 p.m. with the women’s discus and men’s javelin, and at 5:30 p.m. the women’s 4x800m relay will kick off the running events. Saturday’s events begin at 10:30 a.m. and feature the remainder of the field events, as well as the finals in 22 track events, including the feature race known as the Mile.
Initially started in 1937, the Beloit Relays were once one of the premier track & field events in the nation, hosting athletes from more than 50 colleges and universities. A long-time tradition within the athletic department, the Beloit Relays continued through 1979 and featured many prominent Beloit College athletes.
“(The race) represents one of the longest traditions of our track & field team,” says track athlete Quinn Crawford’14. “It’s exciting to both be able to race and to be able to take part in the larger community of Beloit alumni who have also competed.”
Former Beloit College Athletic Director and Head Track & Field Coach Lou Means created the Beloit Relays when he began his term in 1936 in an effort to boost a declining program. Means envisioned the Beloit Relays as similar to the famous Drake University Relays, but for small liberal arts colleges as opposed to larger institutions. In the early years, the Beloit Relays welcomed over 300-plus athletes and crowds of more than 3,000 fans packing the stadium.
Each year the Beloit Relays attracted both college and greater Beloit community members, along with family, friends, and Beloit College alumni.
“I love the Beloit Relays because of all that surrounds them, especially with the amount of alumni runners who come back to help out at the meet,” says runner Maddie Carpenter’15. “It’s also a great event for every Beloiter to get involved in and show their support for Buccaneer athletics.”
For more information on the Beloit Relays and a complete schedule, visit www.beloit.edu/beloitrelays.