SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University track & field team will host its lone home meet of the season on Saturday when the Bulldogs host 12 schools at the third-annual Black & Gold Invitational. Events are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. with a Senior Day ceremony a half-hour earlier.
"We are very excited to host the Black and Gold Invitational," Bryant head track & field Coach Mitchell Switzer said. "This is our third year hosting the event, and it is slated to be our largest yet. The quality of competition across the board should make for an exciting meet. We also get the chance to honor our senior class which has put in an incredible amount of hard work over the last 4 years. The weather for looks perfect for an early season meet and the athletes have been itching to go with all of these winter storms we have had. I am expecting some big things to open our Outdoor season."
The Bulldogs will send 50 athletes out to compete in the invitational, which will take place on the Bulldog Track & Field Complex. Freshman Ryan Dumont (Salem, Mass.) and sophomore Turner Davis (Westbrook, Conn.) will enter four events on the men's side, while seniors Shirley Carrington (Dorchester, Mass.) and Rebecca Varney (East Longmeadow, Mass.) enter three events each on the women's side.
Senior Melissa Lodge (Hopkinton, Mass.) will enter the 5,000-meter run coming off of a solid indoor season. Lodge, who owns the fourth-fastest time in program history in the event, is excited to open up the outdoor campaign at home.
"The home meet is special," Lodge said. "You don't approach it any differently, you still race the way you race, but it is a lot different. We have a lot more support. We're running on the same track that we run on every day. I still hit that 1,500 meter-mark in practice and still think about when I did it for the first time at a home meet at Bryant."
The meet will be broadcast on NEC Front Row for the third-consecutive year. Alex Judge and Aaron Dinzeo will be on the call, with Joe McManus doing post-event interviews.
According to Lodge, the Black & Gold Invitational will be something that the team can reflect on with happy memories.
"It has a special place in our hearts," Lodge said. "It's nice that we get to have a home-turf meet once a year with our friends and family there."
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
|10 a.m.||Senior Recognition and National Anthem|
|10:15 a.m.||Unseeded 5,000m|
Women's Javelin followed by Men's Javelin
|Men's Hammer, followed by Women's Hammer|
|11 a.m.||Women's and Men's Long Jump (concurrent), followed by Triple Jump|
|Men's High Jump, followed by Women's High Jump|
Men's Pole Vault, followed by Women's Pole Vault
|Anthony T. McAndrews, Jr. Memorial Men's Discus Throw followed by Women's Discus (after the conclusion of the Hammer)|
|Women's Shot Put, followed by Anthony J. Fasano, Jr. Memorial Men's Shot Put (after the conclusion of the Javelin)|
|11:30 a.m.||(Women followed by men in all events)|
|Class of '81 Women's 3000 Meter Steeple Chase, followed by The Shawn Nassaney Men's 3,000 Meter Steeple Chase|
|4x100 Meter Relay followed by the Dibella-Fitzgerald-O'Connor-Engel Men's 4x100m Relay|
|The Roy Lapidus & Coach Reinhardt Women's 1500 Meter followed by the Bryant Senior Distance Runners Robbie and Ryan 1,500 Meter|
|100-meter hurdles followed by 100-meter hurdles|
|400-Meter followed by The Farrar Men's 400-Meter|
|Women's 800 Meters followed by the Smackdown vs. RAW Men's 800 Meter|
|200-Meter followed by The Tom O'Connor '11 Men's 200 Meter|
|Seeded 5,000-Meter followed by The Blake Fenwick '15 Men's 5,000 Meter|
|The Lodge Family Women's 4 x 800 followed by the men's 4x800|
|Hall of Fame Women's 4x400 Meter Relay followed by the Greigre & Brennan Champion Men's 4x400 Meter Relay|