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Cats Host First AE Championship

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The Vermont track and field teams aim to shine under the spotlight this weekend, as the Cats host the America East Championships for the first time in program history.

"The energy is going to be big, UVM decathlete, Tyler Parent said.  "We are usually on the road for this things."

"We've fantasized about this moment," UVM Javelin thrower, Nika Ouellette said.  "When I got here we didn't have a track and now to be hosting the conference championships is amazing. We're very excited."

Opened in 2011, the Frank H. Livack facility has waited patiently for its chance to showcase its beauty, while the team is anxious to bring its first outdoor championship home since 2001.

"We basically hosted this as soon as we could. The conference had full support in us and we're happy to have it here in 2014 when the track is still shining,"  UVM head track and field coach Matt Belfield said.

Crews have put in many hours of effort to get the facility ready for its big day."

"It's very exciting to see all the work they've put into the field and all the changes,"  UVM hurdler Martin Kallur said.  "It's a chance for our team to shine on a big stage."

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