GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG cross country head coach Chad Pearson announced the 2018 schedule on Monday. The Spartans will have three of their four regular season meets in the state of North Carolina.
“We are excited to release our schedule for 2018,” said Pearson. “For the regular season, we have selected both a couple meets that are new to our schedule from previous years along with a couple that we attend annually. We feel we have put together a schedule that will allow us to compete at a high level throughout the season and more importantly compete at a high level when it counts in late October and November.”
For the fourth year in a row, UNCG will open the year with the Elon University Opener on Aug. 31. The Spartans will head east for Cary, North Carolina to run in the Adidas XC Challenge for the third-straight year on Sept. 14.
“Starting the season with the Elon University Opener is a meet that we've attended for quite some time,” said Pearson. “It allows us to open the season close to home while allowing us some flexibility in our approach to the first race of the season. Traveling down to Cary has been something we have really enjoyed as we like the competition that attends the meet year in and year out. This year with both squads it will be interesting to see how we respond to the competition at an early season meet. While we aren't overly emphasizing this meet, we hope to have some good results from individuals that we hope to count on as the season progresses.”
The Spartans wrap up September at the Louisville Sports Commission XC Classic on the 29th.
“In late September we decided to go a different route and travel to Louisville instead of South Bend, Indiana as we've done in years past,” said Pearson. “After looking at the setup of the meet, we feel like we can come away with some great performances heading into October which is important to us as a program.”
The regular season comes to a close on Oct. 12 with the High Point VertCross Invitational.
“In October we will begin competition in Kernersville, North Carolina,” said Pearson. “We have always felt like it's important for us to compete at a high level during this weekend while cutting down on getting banged up physically whether in competition or practice. With the light travel load along with a course that we've ran on in the past, we hope to continue growing our confidence as individuals and as teams heading in to the postseason.
The postseason will begin on the 27th with the Southern Conference Championship, hosted by Western Carolina in Cullowhee. The NCAA Southeast Regionals will be held on Nov. 9 in Rock Hill, South Carolina, while qualifying athletes will compete in the NCAA Championship on the 17th in Madison, Wisconsin.
“The SoCon Championships will be an exciting meet for us as it always is,” said Pearson. “We will embrace the high level of competition at this meet and let all of our hard work throughout the season speak for itself. After SoCons we are excited about the rest of the postseason, and with promising squads on both sides, we look to continue to get better and progress as a program.”
The UNCG women are coming off of a fifth-place finish at the 2017 SoCon Championships, while the men's team placed sixth at the conference meet.
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