Rochester, Mich. – Oakland Indoor Track and Field is readying up for their 2023-24 campaign, officially releasing their season slate.
Just like Last year, the season will kick off at the Saginaw Valley State Holiday Open on Dec. 1. In the 2022-23 season Oakland began their season with success at the same meet, obtaining first place finishes in the Women’s 60m, 300m, 600m, triple jump, and shot put events. The men emerged victorious in the 600m, high jump, and triple jump.
The Golden Grizzlies get a long break after their initial competition, returning to the track on Jan. 19 for their second meet, returning to Saginaw Valley for the Doug Hansen Open, where both men’s and women’s teams dominated in the one-mile races, combining for eight top ten finishers. Those names included familiar names from the Oakland Cross Country Team like Yami Albrecht and Ashley Quinn (who both finished first), Brooke Hinkleman, Maryam Sheena, Madeline Richman, and Adam Hill. Oakland is hoping for another record-breaking performance, as Ashley Quinn set the school record in the one-mile race, finishing with a time of 4:55.53.
Right after their second open, Oakland heads to Ypsilanti for a morning time meet in Ypsilanti, competing in the EMU Invite at 10 a.m. on Jan. 20.
Oakland will rest up after their cross-town meet and head out of state for the first time in the season, taking on two multi-day invitationals at IUPUI (Jan. 26-27) and Notre Dame (Feb. 1-2).
Returning in-state, they’ll head to Grand Valley for the annual GVSU Big Meet Friday on Feb. 9, in a regional meet that is always very competitive. The highlight of the meet was Oakland’s Alex Mansfield who took home the first place spot in the shot put with a mark of 15.71 meters. The now sophomore returns to the team looking to regain his top spot.
Oakland will hit a tune-up at Saginaw Valley on Feb. 16 for their third and final visit to Saginaw Valley, before heading to Youngstown, Ohio for the Horizon League Indoor Championships on Feb. 24-25.
The Golden Grizzlies have had a lot of recent success at the Horizon League Championships, having won four straight Mile Relay (4x400m) Championships from 2017-2020. Last season the men’s team finished in second place as Alex Hugh-Plott was named the Alfreeda Goff Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year. The women also placed highly, coming out of the meet in third place, with Ashley Quinn placing first in the 800m and Samari Finney was named Freshman Runner of the Year after helping the Women’s 4x400m Relay team finish fourth in the second heat and took home sixth place in the women’s long jump.
2023-24 Indoor Track & Field Schedule
Dec. 1 at SVSU Holiday Open
Jan. 19 at SVSU Doug Hansen Open
Jan. 20 at EMU Invite
Jan.26-27 at IUPUI Invitational
Feb. 1-2 at Meyo Invitational (Notre Dame)
Feb. 9 at GVSU Big Meet Friday
Feb. 16 at SVSU Tune Up
Feb. 24-25 at Horizon League Indoor Championships