MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's Gaels are set to kick off their inaugural track season this Saturday, March 3 at the Kim Dusyt invitational at Cal State Stanislaus. SMC is scheduled to compete in seven total meets this year and will look to expand opportunities for other athletes in the coming seasons.
"One great advantage we now have with track is taking individuals who qualify for more competitive meets to those meets, but also having options for our entire team to compete enhances the Student-athlete experience. Having 18 meets to work with is a big boost for us," said associate head coach Mark Carberry.
Saturday's meet will allow the the Gaels to use this meet to score directly against long time bay area rival, Santa Clara.
"I think it's a great way to begin the season and launch the track programs," said head coach Marty Kinsey. "Santa Clara has had track for several years now and competing against them in a scored dual meet in will create a better competitive atmosphere for us and them. It's going to be a very fun experience."
The Gaels will travel to UC Davis for the Aggie open on March 10, then to San Francisco State for the Johnny Mathis Invite on March 24. On April 13-14 the Gaels will compete at the Chico State Distance carnival in Chico, Calif.
The Woody Wilson invite on April 21 at UC Davis will play host to the Gaels fifth competition. On April 27 the Gael's track teams will travel to nearby California for the always competitive Brutus Hamilton Invite.
Coach Kinsey looks to wrap up the season on May 12 by taking a few select athletes to the West Coast Track meet hosted by Portland.
"Coach Conner and Solof from Portland have put together a track meet that showcases the best West Coast Conference talent. I want to bring a couple athletes up who can compete and represent Saint Mary's well. It's truly a great opportunity that just wasn't available to us prior to adding of track," added coach Kinsey
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