Brevard prepares to host Tornado Relays this weekend

BREVARD, N.C. – For the first time in a decade, Brevard College is preparing to host a track meet on its campus over the weekend.


The new Frank Patton Track, which was formally dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in December and is a striking royal blue color, will host the Tornado Relays for the first time. Saturday’s field will be comprised of runners from Division II institutions Tusculum, Mars Hill, and Erskine, as well as Division III Salem College and Montreat from the NAIA ranks.


This year’s version of the Tornado Relays will primarily include distance running events and will continue rain or shine. A full complement of sprinting events and field events may be included in future editions of the Tornado Relays.


For now, though, coach Josh Mower and the Tornados’ student-athletes are thrilled simply to have the opportunity to compete on their own campus. “Having the new track, and a chance to perform at home, will add a lot of fun for the team,” Mower said, “as well as strengthen our ability to recruit. The track is a community project and is open to community use. It’s special for us to have a place to call home, a place where our fans and supporters can come out and enjoy the sport with us.”


Saturday’s event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and be free to the public. In addition to the track meet, the baseball team will play host to Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. just behind the Frank Patton Track, while the men’s and women’s tennis teams will compete against Mars Hill throughout the day. Saturday’s multitude of events give Brevard supporters the unique opportunity to enjoy baseball, track, and tennis simultaneously just a short walk from each other.

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