Eric Peterson, in his sixth year with the Tulane cross country and track and field programs, announced the 2014 cross country schedule on Wednesday
July 16, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - With the season a little more than month away from beginning, Tulane's director of track and field and cross country, Eric Peterson, announced the 2014 cross country schedule on Wednesday that includes meets in Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Alabama, among others.
"We are excited about the development of our cross country program," stated Peterson. "We are going to have a very young team during this upcoming year, but we will also be improved from the teams we have put out there in the past. Moving into the American Athletic Conference is something we are all very excited about. It's a very competitive conference with teams that we are familiar with from our past association as part of Conference USA as well as teams we are unfamiliar with. We are looking at this as a rebirth of our program, with some very talented freshmen and sophomore athletes that will impact the program immediately. As a result, we've put together a more competitive schedule."
Tulane will kick off their 2014 cross country schedule close to home, as they will head just north to Clinton, Mississippi, on Aug. 30 for the Mississippi College 4K/5K.
Two weeks later, the team will head to Greenville, South Carolina, for a Sept. 13 showdown at the Furman XC Classic.
In 2013, Tulane's women's cross country team won the McNeese Cowboy Stampede in Lake Charles on Sept. 28, as returning runners Paige Callahan, Katharine Smiley, Sara Kebede and Mikayla Sonneborn all finished within the top 11 of the race. The win was the by the program since winning the Watson Ford Invitational on Oct. 8, 2010. Tulane will return to Lake Charles for the McNeese Cowboy Stampede on Sept. 27 for a women's 5K and a men's four-mile run.
Following the McNeese Cowboy Stampede, the cross country program will venture into unchartered territory when they travel up to heralded Paul Short Run at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 4.
The final regular-season meet of the season will be one in which the program is quite familiar. For the fifth-consecutive season, Tulane will compete at the Alabama Crimson Classic on Oct. 17, where the women will run a 5K and the men will compete in an 8K.
The American Championship meet will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this year on Oct. 31. Two weeks later, the team will compete in the NCAA South Central Regional on Nov. 14 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
"These meets will give our team a very good opportunity to be challenged by other good teams in different regions of the country," added Peterson. "We are excited about the upcoming season."
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