The outdoor Meet of Champions, which has moved around to a variety of locations since a 16-year stay at South Plainfield, will return to Rutgers University in the spring of 2021.
The NJSIAA’s track and field and XC committee met Thursday, and among other actions – like reinstating the indoor state relays for this winter – the committee agreed to move the Meet of Champions back to Rutgers, where it was last held in 1983, according to New Jersey MileSplit.
This will be the first time in nearly four decades the Meet of Champions will be held in a true track and field stadium as opposed to a high school field.
The Meet of Champions was held at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway (now called Shi Stadium) until 1983.
Starting next year, the Meet of Champions will be held a couple miles up the road at the beautiful Rutgers’ Bauer Track and Field Complex, which has hosted the Big East Championships several times. Bauer is located next to the RAC, Rutgers’ basketball arena.
Here are the locations since the M-of-C first moved out of Rutgers:
2017-2019: Northern Burlington High School, Mansfield Township
2016: Central Regional High School, Berkeley Township
2013-2015: John F. Kennedy Elementary School, South Plainfield
2011-2012: Old Bridge High School
2003-2010: John F. Kennedy Elementary School, South Plainfield
2000-2002: South Brunswick High School
1984-1999: John F. Kennedy Elementary School, South Plainfield
In addition to an eight-lane track, Bauer has two shot put circles, four horizontal jump runways, two discus cages, two pole vault runways and two javelin runways and is equipped for sprints and hurdles on either side of the track.
According to the NJSIAA Track and Field Committee, the 2021 Meet of Champions is tentatively scheduled for June 16, 2021.
The committee also moved future indoor state group meets to Ocean Breeze on Staten Island, which last year hosted the Meet of Champions for the first time.
For full details of the Track and Field and XC Committee meeting, check out Robert Kellert’s story here on NJ Milesplit!