By Caleb Scott
ADA — The Ohio Northern men's and women's track and field teams are set to open the 2018 campaign on Jan. 20 at the Ohio Athletic Conference Split Meet under the guidance of 9th-year head coach Jason Maus.
After the OAC Split meet, the Polar Bears will compete at both the Findlay Classic & Elite Throws meet and the Midwest Track & Field Open, hosted at the SPIRE Institute on Jan. 26-27.
Northern will host its first home meet on Feb. 3, as it hosts the annual Joe Banks Invitational at the ONU Sports Center Fieldhouse.
ONU will compete in the All-Ohio Championships on Feb. 10 in Westerville, before traveling to Gambier to compete in the Kenyon Classic on Feb. 17.
After traveling to Bexley to take part in the OAC Championships on Feb. 23-24, Northern will host the Polar Bear Last Chance Invitational on Mar. 3-4 at the ONU Sports Center Fieldhouse.
The NCAA III Indoor National Championships are slated for Mar. 9-10 in Birmingham, Alabama at the CrossPlex complex.
Northern will open the outdoor season on Mar. 24 as it competes in the Polar Bear Invitational, hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.
After competing in the Otterbein April Fools Invitational on Mar. 30, ONU will travel to Upland, Ind. to take part in the George Glass Invitational on Apr. 7.
After traveling to Delaware to compete in the All-Ohio Championships on Apr. 14, Northern will host back-to-back meets, including the annual Polar Bear Invitational on Apr. 21 and the Outdoor OAC Championships on Apr. 27-28.
The Polar Bears will also compete in the North Central (Ill.) Keeler Invitational on May 10-11 and the North Central (Ill.) Gregory Invitational on May 16-17.
The NCAA III Outdoor National Championships will take place in LaCrosse, Wis. on May 24-26.