Big Rapids, Mich. - A total of 16 league schools and more than 800 student-athletes will converge on the Ferris State University campus and the Big Rapids community this Wednesday thru Friday, May 4-6, as the Bulldogs host the 2016 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships at Top Taggart Field.
Ferris State will serve as the host for the three-day meet, which begins on Wednesday, May 4, with day one action of the decathlon and heptathlon competition at 1:30 p.m. (ET) and first day events wrapping up at 7:30 p.m.
Action will continue all day from 9 a.m. (ET) to 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Thursday (May 5) with the multi events continuing in the morning followed by the field and running events officially beginning at 2:30 p.m. (ET).
Friday's (May 6) final day of competition starts at 11 a.m. (ET). The meet will wrap up at approximately 4 p.m. (EDT) on Friday with the league awards ceremony following the conclusion of the meet.
Admission will be $7 per day for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for students. A two-day pass will also be offered for adults for only $10. All sales will be cash-only. Parking will be available near the stadium and concessions will be sold throughout the event.
Ferris State last hosted the league outdoor meet in 2010 at Top Taggart Field and also played host to the event in both 2001 and 2006. Overall, this year will mark only the fourth time the Bulldogs have hosted the conference meet in the last 30 years as the event had not been held in Big Rapids since May 1, 1987, prior to the 2001 competition.
Top Taggart Field serves as the site for the Bulldogs' home track and field meets. The stadium, which also serves as home to FSU's varsity football program, was dedicated October 1957 in honor of the school's first official varsity football coach and his contributions to the institution. The facility also includes the three-story Wheeler Pavilion and features a ticket office, club level along with a media/game operations area.
The facility underwent its latest upgrade last fall as a new eight-lane, 400-meter polyurethane surface with aluminum curbing was installed. The GLIAC Championships will represent the Bulldogs' first home meet on the new surface.
In addition to Top Taggart Field, throwing events will also be held just south of the stadium near the university practice fields.
Eight places will be awarded for all individual and team relay events with the points figuring into the respective team scores. The closing awards ceremony will include the presentation of the league championship trophy along with season-ending awards for the league's top performers and coaches.
The 2016 GLIAC Championships will represent the 44th annual men's conference meet and the 36th annual women's outdoor championships. All 16 GLIAC schools will be represented, including the Ferris State men's and women's track squads.
For complete information on the GLIAC Championships, please visit this link:
GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships Website