Hilltoppers prepare for last regular season meets

Bailey Townsend

Coming off a successful weekend at the University of Louisville, the WKU track and field team is ready to face its next round of competitors.

The Hilltoppers will be in a total of three meets over the weekend: the Penn Relays, the Bellarmine Classic and the Georgia Invitational.

First on WKU’s schedule will be the Penn Relays, which will take place over the course of three days in Philadelphia beginning on April 28. 

This meet is the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States and has been hosted annually since April 21, 1895.

Due to the meet’s large size and quality competition, this will be a great opportunity to see how the Hilltoppers stand up against some of the best athletes in the nation. The meet will also prepare WKU for the Conference USA Championships coming up soon.

Next for the Tops will be the seventh annual Bellarmine Classic in Louisville. This will take place on Saturday.

At the Centre Twilight meet this season, both Bellarmine’s men’s team and women’s team broke multiple records and placed in most events.

Lastly, the Hilltoppers will be competing in the Georgia Invitational at the University of Georgia in Athens on Saturday.

The Georgia Bulldogs will be a worthy opponent for the Toppers this weekend. Georgia recently competed in the Virginia Challenge, where it posted a slew of solid performances.

Most of Georgia’s athletes performed seasonal or personal bests at this meet while also performing well on a national scale. Junior Kendell Williams finished in the top two nationally in the heptathlon. Meanwhile, senior Maicel Ulibo has back-to-back NCAA titles, and senior Ashinia Miller is currently ranked fourth in the nation.

While this opposing team has great numbers, the Hilltoppers are ready to take on the challenge. WKU’s program also has nationally ranked athletes and will have a great chance to come out successfully against Georgia.

With the C-USA Championships approaching, all three of these meets will give WKU team members a chance to prepare and perform their best.

The Hilltoppers will begin their weekend of competition at the Penn Relays on Thursday and will continue to compete until Saturday.