July 28, 2017
WASHINGTON - Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Julie Culley and Head Men's Cross Country Coach Brandon Bonsey announced the schedule for the 2017 cross country seasons. The Hoya men tally seven meets on six dates during the 2017 campaign while the women have schedule eight events on seven dates. Each squad boasts a quartet of postseason events on the slate this fall.
"We are excited to announce our cross country schedule for this fall," Culley said. "Our team will have the opportunity to preview the regional and national championship courses and compete against the best in the country prior to the start of our championship season."
The men and women both open the season on Friday, Sept. 8 as they travel to State College, Pa., for the Spiked Shoe Invitational, hosted by Penn State University. Just a two-week break is all the women's squad will need as they return for the Battle of Beantown in Boston, Mass., on Friday, Sept. 22.
Both squads return to a familiar Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh University. One of the largest cross country meets on the East Coast, the Paul Short Run will take place on Friday, Sept. 29 in Bethlehem, Pa.
Two weeks later, the Hoyas will split up the action with the women heading to America's Dairyland for the Wisconsin Invitational on Friday, Oct. 13. The men's squad, in turn, will travel to Louisville, Ky., for the Pre-National Meet, a preview of the NCAA Championships course, on Saturday, Oct. 14, closing out the regular season.
"I'm very excited about this schedule for the men's program," Bonsey said. "I feel the three meets in the regular season will help prepare us for the three postseason meets that end our year. The men are training well this summer and we are eager to get back together as a team at the end of August."
Both squads open postseason competition at the 2017 BIG EAST Championships, held in Kenosha, Wis. The Blue & Gray looks to defend its men's team title and capture its third conference crown in a row. The only other school in BIG EAST history to accomplish that feat is Providence College, winning four in a row at the league's inception (1979-82) and three straight from 1990-92. Of GU's 13 combined team titles (8 men's, 5 women's), the Hoyas have never managed a league win in the state of Wisconsin.
Friday, Nov. 10 will mark the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Championships, held in Bethlehem, Pa. With both squads competing at the Paul Short Run during the regular season, the teams should be poised for the meet that serves as precursor to the NCAA Championships.
The Mid-Atlantic region will get a pair of automatic berths to the NCAA Championships, slated for Saturday, Nov. 18 at the E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky., and hosted by the University of Louisville. Also slated for Saturday, Nov. 18, the ECAC / IC4A Championships will be held in New York City.