It's never too early to prepare for the outdoor track and field season. After LSU and Southern California won last year's outdoor men's and women's championships, respectively, in thrilling fashion, the 2022 season looks to pick up where it left off with fast-paced action.
You can find information on when the 2022 outdoor track and field season starts here. This story will be updated if meets and dates are changed.
When does the 2022 outdoor track and field season start?
The 2022 season is set to begin on the weekend of Saturday, March 18. The outdoor season kicks off right after the conclusion of the DI indoor track and field championships, which take place from March 10-12*.
🤔: Here are the differences between the indoor and outdoor track seasons
Here are some of the meets currently scheduled for the opening weekend:
- Arizona State Baldy Castillo: March 18-19 | Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium | Host: Arizona State
- Fred Hary Invitational: March 18-19 | Robins Stadium | Host: Richmond
- Hurricane Invitational: March 18-19 | Cobb Stadium | Host: Miami
- Tiger Track Classic: March 18-19 | Hutsell-Rosen Track | Host: Auburn
- Trojan Invitational: March 18-19 | Cromwell Field & Loker Track Stadium | Host: Southern California
- UCF Invitational: March 18-19 | UCF Soccer and Track Complex | Host: UCF
- Virginia Triangular: March 18-19 | Lannigan Field | Host: Virginia
- Cardinal Classic: March 19 | Cobb Track and Angell Field | Host: Stanford
- Penn Challenge: March 19 | Franklin Field | Host: Penn
- TCU Invitational: March 19 | Lowdon Track and Field Complex | Host: TCU
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Here are some other noteworthy meets as the season progresses:
- Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays: March 23-26 | Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field | Host: Texas
- Raleigh Relays: March 24-26 | Paul Derr Track & Field Facility | Host: NC State
- Pepsi Florida Relays: March 31 - April 2 | James G. Pressly Stadium, Percy Beard Track | Host: Florida
- Colonial Relays: April 1-2 | Walter J. Zable Stadium at Cary Field | Host: William & Mary
- Bison Outdoor Classic: April 15-16 | Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium | Host: Bucknell
- Oregon Relays: April 21-23 | Hayward Field | Host: Oregon
- Michael Johnson Invitational April 22-23 | Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium | Baylor
- Penn Relays: April 28-30 | Franklin Field | Host: Penn
- Conference Championships: May 13-15
*Per NCAA qualifying criteria, results from outdoor meets as early as March 1 can be taken into consideration for championship qualifiers.
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2022 DI men’s and women’s outdoor track and field championship schedule
Here are the DI men’s and women’s outdoor track and field championship dates and schedule for next season. The preliminary meets are also included:
- East preliminary: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - Saturday, May 28, 2022
- West preliminary: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - Saturday, May 28, 2022
- NCAA championships: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - Saturday, June 11, 2022
The championship meet will be held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. You can purchase tickets to the 2022 championships here.
🏃♂️: Click or tap here for more information on the 2022 outdoor track and field NCAA championship meet
In 2021, LSU won the outdoor men's track and field title and Southern California took home the trophy on the women's side.
🏆: Here's how LSU and Southern California won the 2021 men's and women's track and field title, respectively
Future NCAA championship locations and dates
In 2023, Texas is set to host the DI outdoor track and field championships. Click or tap here for future dates and sites for DI outdoor track and field championships through 2026.