The Sam Houston State men’s and women’s teams are set to compete at the 2019 Southland Conference Cross Country Championships Friday at Beaverfork Lake Park in Conway, Arkansas.

Central Arkansas will serve as the host institution for the women’s 6k event at 8:15 a.m., followed by the men’s 8k race at 9:15.

Stephen F. Austin enters the women’s meet as the frontrunner, currently ranked sixth in the latest South Central Regional poll. The Ladyjacks took third-place honors at the 2018 conference meet but will look to ride the momentum of their four regular-season races this season.

On the men’s side, four teams enter Friday’s festivities with a regionally-ranked status. Lamar leads the way as the South Central’s No. 4 team, while No. 12 Abilene Christian, No. 14 McNeese and No. 15 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi look to challenge for the Southland title. However, the path to the 2019 trophy runs through reigning champion Central Arkansas, who will have the opportunity to repeat on home soil.

For athletes who qualify, the 2019 NCAA South Central Regional qualifying race will take place at the Agri-Park Nov. 9 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will take place at LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Indiana on Nov. 23.