CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston cross country program revealed its 2016 schedule this week, looking to improve on a quality 2015 effort.
The regular season will consist of five meets for the Cougars, all of which will take place in the Carolinas. The College will kick off the season in early September by returning to the Western Carolina Invitational for the second straight year for some short-distance action (5K for the men, two mile for the women). The Cougars will also return to McAlpine Park in Charlotte N.C. to take part in the Royals Challenge, hosted by Queens University.
After a one-year break, the Cougars will also return to Greenville for the Furman Invitational on September 10, and after a 12-year hiatus, the College will participate in NC State’s Adidas Cross Country Challenge at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary N.C. Rounding things out, the Cougars will make the trek up to Kernersville N.C. for the first time to take part in the prestigious Wake Forest Invitational.
“I think we learned some lessons from last year about how travel can take its toll and beat you up a little bit,” head coach Amy Seago said. “This year we’re getting the elements we need, and the spacing of the meets worked out really well, too. We’re getting some tough competition in right before conference, with a week off leading into it.”
After racing the CAA Championships in Mt. Pleasant in 2015, the Cougars will relinquish hosting duties and travel to White Clay State Park in Newark, Del. for this year’s conference race on Oct. 29. After that, the Cougars will once again return to Panorama Farms in Charlottesville, Va. For the NCAA Southeast Regionals on Friday, Nov. 11.
“The conference championship isn’t going to be a flat course, so we need to get used to some rolling terrain,” Seago said. “A lot of the meets I chose offer 6K races for the women, which I think will be helpful going into conference.”
The men will run 8K races all year long until finally competing in a 10K at the NCAA Regionals. As for the women, with the exception of two 5K races in the middle of the season, they will predominantly run the 6K this year.
The season opens on the first weekend of September in Cullowhee, N.C.