Florida Tech Ready For Start Of Track Season

By  //  February 15, 2013

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Panthers To Compete In 11 Meets

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech will open the 2013 track & field season by participating in the Embry-Riddle Last Chance today and Saturday in Daytona Beach.

Cliff Cooper, right, and his Florida Tech teammates will compete in 11 meets this spring starting with the ERAU Last Chance in Daytona Beach. (Image courtesy of Florida Tech)

It is the first of 11 meets that are scheduled for this spring and the first of nine that will be held in Florida.

Expectations have risen for the team, which will begin its third season in program history. The Panthers are equipped with promising new and returning student-athletes that make this season one worth following.

FIT will be facing tough competition throughout the 2013 campaign. Along with two meets at Embry-Riddle, they are scheduled to compete at Division I Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Florida, Savannah State and South Florida.

March includes two trips to North Florida for its Spring Break Invite at the beginning of the month and the North Florida Invite at the end of the month. In between the competitions are the South Florida Invite and the Walt Disney World Invitational.

In April, FIT will return to Embry-Riddle for the Spikes Classic, travel to Miami for the Hurricane Alumni Invitational and conclude the month with the Tom Jones Memorial Classic at the University of Florida.

May marks the conclusion of the season as the team is set to participate in the Florida State Seminole Twilight and Georgia Tech Invitational.

This year’s NCAA Division II Championships are scheduled for May 23 to 25 at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl in Pueblo, Colo.

Pete Mazzone is the head men’s and women’s track coach for FIT.