Western Kentucky's track and field team is competing in Gainesville, Fla., for the Pepsi Florida Relays this weekend at the James G. Pressly Stadium and Percy Beard Track.
The meet is considered to be one of the top-five collegiate track and field meets in the country and will be run Thursday through Saturday. WKU is sending 22 Hilltoppers and Lady Toppers to compete in 15 total events over the course of the three days.
A few Hilltoppers will compete in the 200-meter dash on the first day of competition. Those races will be run at 1:40 p.m. CT on Thursday. On Friday, collegiate field events start at 10:30 a.m. CT, while collegiate running events will begin at 11:15 a.m. CT. On Saturday, the final day of the meet, field events are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. CT with men’s discus and collegiate running will start at 11 a.m. CT.
The Florida Relays have been run nearly every year since 1939 excluding 1942-46 due to World War II and 2006 when Percy Beard Track was under construction. The Relays attract over 3,000 high school, collegiate and international competitors each year as a premier track and field event.
“We are extremely blessed to have the opportunity to go down and compete at the Florida Relays,” WKU coach Erik Jenkins said in a news release. “Everybody will be represented at that meet. We want to be prepared for championship season. You want to compete against the best because at some point at the end of the season, you want to be one of the best. We want to put ourselves in a position where we’ve seen it and done it.”
In WKU's last time competing, one of the men’s 4x100-meter relay teams took home first place after running a 40.79-second time at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational. WKU also earned 16 top-10 finishes including each of the two squads in the men’s 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays.
SEC Network + (via Watch ESPN) will broadcast live coverage during parts of Friday's and Saturday's collegiate/post-collegiate competition.
Following the Florida Relays, WKU is set to host its annual Hilltopper Relays on April 5-6. Senior day and the Bowling Green’s Fastest Kid competition are both scheduled for Saturday afternoon.