Track & Field Announces Full 2023-24 Competition Schedule

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Head Coach John Gondak, leading the Penn State track and field team, has officially revealed the comprehensive competition schedule for the 2023-24 indoor and outdoor seasons, featuring five home meets.

“We’re thrilled to have the 2023-24 track season just around the corner,” remarked Gondak. “We’ve put together an outstanding schedule for this year that will challenge and prepare our team for the postseason. Following our successes last year, we aim to build on them with our exceptional group this season.”

Penn State’s indoor campaign kicks off with a visit to Bucknell for the Bison Opener from December 1-2. Afterward, the Nittany Lions will host their traditional Blue & White Intrasquad Scrimmage on Saturday, December 9, at the Multi-Sport Facility & Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track.

In the new year, Penn State returns to action on Saturday, January 13, with a home meet, the Nittany Lion Challenge. Following a trip to Michigan for the Simmons-Harvey Invitational on January 20, Penn State is set to host two consecutive home meets at the Multi-Sport Facility & Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track. These include The Penn State National Open on January 26-27 and the Sykes & Sabock Challenge on February 3 before the Nittany Lions head back on the road.

On February 9-10, a split-squad weekend will send team members to the Tiger Paw Invite at Clemson and the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston. The Valentine Invite was particularly memorable last season, with Faith DeMars breaking the school record for the women’s indoor 3K, and Brandon Hontz becoming Penn State’s sixth sub-4:00 miler at the meet.

The Nittany Lions will host their final regular season meet, the Penn State Tune-Up, on February 16, just one week before the postseason begins.

For the Big Ten Indoor Championships, Penn State will travel to the SPIRE Academy in Geneva, Ohio, on February 23-24. In the last indoor season, Penn State claimed three individual Big Ten Titles. Pending qualification, the Nittany Lions will then head to the NCAA Indoor Championships in Boston on March 8-9, where Handal Roban emerged as the NCAA’s 800-meter bronze medalist at the indoor championship meet last year.

The outdoor season for the Nittany Lions begins on March 16 with a trip to West Virginia for the WVU Invite. Penn State then embarks on its first of three trips to Florida, heading to Orlando for the UCF Knights Invite from March 22-23. The following weekend, from March 28-30, the Nittany Lions will split their squad, with select members returning to the Florida Relays and others to the Raleigh Relays.

On April 5-6, Nittany Lions will take part in the Miami Invitational. Penn State will also attend the Bison Outdoor Classic from April 13-14 and the Virginia Classic from April 19-20. The last weekend of April is reserved for the Penn Relays, with the Nittany Lions returning to the historic meet once more, this year from April 25-27. In the 2023 relays, the Nittany Lions’ women’s 4×800 team claimed its second-straight 4×800 Championship of America in school-record time.

Penn State will then host its one and only home meet of the season on May 3. The Jim Thorpe Invite will serve as the team’s final regular season tune-up before the postseason calendar begins.

The Nittany Lions’ postseason schedule kicks off on May 10 with a trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. DeMars won Penn State’s sole Big Ten Outdoor Title last season, becoming the first Penn State woman to win the 5K at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.

Select Nittany Lions will then travel to Lexington, Kentucky, from May 22-25 for the NCAA East Preliminaries. Pending qualification, the Nittany Lions will conclude their season at the 2024 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which return to Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, from June 5-8. Last season, Penn State produced four First Team All-Americans at the championships, highlighted by Roban’s second NCAA Bronze of 2023.


Indoor Season

  • Dec. 1-2 – Bison Opener | Lewisburg, Pa.
  • Dec. 9 – Blue & White Intrasquad | University Park, Pa.
  • Jan. 13 – Nittany Lion Challenge | University Park, Pa.
  • Jan. 20 – Simmons-Harvey Invitational | Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Jan. 26-27 – Penn State National Open | University Park, Pa.
  • Feb. 3 – Sykes Sabock Invitational | University Park, Pa.
  • Feb. 9-10 – Tiger Paw Invite | Clemson, S.C.
  • Feb. 9-10 – David Hemery Valentine Invitational | Boston, Mass.
  • Feb. 16 – Penn State Tune-Up | University Park, Pa.

Feb. 23-24 – Big Ten Indoor Championships | Geneva, Ohio

Mar. 8-9 – NCAA Indoor Championships | Boston, Mass.

Outdoor Season

  • Mar. 16 – WVU Invite | Morgantown, W.V.
  • Mar. 22-23 – UCF Knights Invite | Orlando, Fla.
  • Mar. 28-30 – Raleigh Relays | Raleigh, N.C.
  • Mar. 29-30 – Florida Relays | Gainesville, Fla.
  • Apr. 5-6 – Miami Invitational | Miami, Fla.
  • Apr. 13-14 – Bison Outdoor Classic | Lewisburg, Pa.
  • Apr. 19-20 – Virginia Classic | Charlottesville, Va.
  • Apr. 25-27 – Penn Relays | Philadelphia, Pa.
  • May 3 – Jim Thorpe Open | University Park, Pa.

May 10-12 – Big Ten Outdoor Championships | Ann Arbor, Mich.

May 22-25 – NCAA East Region Preliminaries | Lexington, Ky.

June 5-8 – NCAA Outdoor Championships | Eugene, Ore.

June 21-30 – USATF Olympic Trials | Eugene, Ore.”
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