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GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro cross country has released its 2019 regular season schedule. The Spartans head out of state for the 18th Annual Louisville Classic on Oct. 5, one of the most highly attended meets in the country, at E.P “Tom” Sawyer State Park that has served as the site of the 2012, 2015, and 2017 NCAA DI National Championships and six NCAA DI Southeast Regional Championships.

Elon Opener (Aug. 20)

For the fifth year in a row, UNCG will open the year with the Elon Opener in nearby Burlington.

“We look forward to our fall competitions and are excited to get started for the season,” said head coach Chad Pearson. “Our season opener will be a great transition into the rest of the season as it’s a familiar venue that we’ve ran in the past. It’s an ideal distance for an opener and will provide valuable experience for our freshmen along with both teams which are overall still young squads.”

Adidas XC Challenge (Sept. 20)

The Spartans will head east for Cary, N.C. to run in the Adidas XC Challenge for the fourth-straight year.

“Our mid-September meeting in Cary will provide our first look at how our teams look and respond against a large field of quality Division I teams,” Pearson said. “While it’s still early in the season, it should provide a great indicator for where we stand currently with our overall fitness."

Louisville Classic (Oct. 5)

The Spartans wrap up September at the Louisville Sports Commission XC Classic.

“Our competition in Louisville allows us to race on a quality cross country course against some great teams that we may not see a lot,” said Pearson. “It’s a course that we competed on last year and we’ll look to improve as squads, compared to last year’s team performances on this course. We will be coming off a large block of training and we’re hoping to see the benefits of that training start to take shape at this competition.”

Vertcross Invitational (Oct. 18)

The regular season comes to a close with the High Point VertCross Invitational.

“Our mid-October race in Kernersville will provide a home race atmosphere as it's only 20 minutes away,” said Pearson. “From this competition, we’re hoping to gain a lot of momentum heading into our post-season championship meets. It will allow us to see who is best prepared to compete at our Southern Conference Championships in two weeks.”

SoCon Championship: (Nov. 2)

The postseason will begin with the SoCon Championship, hosted by ETSU in Johnson City, Tenn.

“We hope to be extremely excited, motivated and prepared once the SoCon Championships roll around,” Pearson said. “We’re hoping the earlier season meets will allow a great balance of quality racing experience while also allowing us to take advantage of large blocks of training that will be critical for post-season racing. We look to be in our best shape of the season heading into the SoCon Championships.”

NCAA Southeast Regionals (Nov. 15)

The NCAA Southeast Regionals will be held Charlottesville, Va., while qualifying athletes will compete in the NCAA Championship on the 23rd in Terre Haute, Ind.

“We're excited to return to Virginia after there have been some changes to the course,” Pearson said. “We hope to be ready for the challenge against the highest competition in our region. It’s a venue that we’re very familiar with and hope to take the momentum and success that we gain at the SoCon Championships along with our highest level of fitness into mid-November at the Southeast Regional Championships.”

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