Aug. 12, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane cross country program and head coach Eric Peterson have announced the schedule for the upcoming 2012 season. The slate features six pre-championship meets, followed by the Conference USA Championships and the NCAA postseason series.
Tulane will start 2012 when they travel to the Southern Miss Invitational on the newly developed USM Cross Country Course on September 1. The starting gun for the opening meet of the season will fire at 8:30 a.m. with the men's 6K race and the 5K women's competition will follow. The South Alabama Azalea Classic will be competed on September 15 at the Brookley Gulf Pines Golf Course. The men will compete on an 8K course at 7:30 a.m. and the 6K women's race will follow.
Another trip to Southern Miss for the Screamin' Eagle 5K Festival will come about on September 22. The men's squad will run an 8K, while the women's will cover 5000 meters, kicking off at 8:30 a.m. The month of September will close with the McNeese State Cowboy Stampede on the September 29 at Choctaw Trails in Lake Charles, La. The women will open the collegiate events 8:45 a.m. on a 5K run before the men will compete on a four-mile course at 9:15.
The Walt Disney Classic in Orlando, Fla. opens the month of October as the Green Wave will run at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. On Saturday, October 6 the Olive and Blue will send their men's team around the 8K course at 7:45 a.m. and the women's squad will run the 5K loop starting at 8:30 a.m. The final tune up before the championship portion of the schedule will take place on October 13 at the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala. An 8K race awaits the men at 8:30 a.m. and the women will run a 5K course at 9:10 a.m.
The Conference USA Championships will return to Hattiesburg, Miss. for the second time in the conference's history (2002) and be contested on the first-year USM Cross Country course on October 27. The NCAA South Central Regional will e contested on November 10 and move from Waco, Texas to Fayetteville, Ark. in 2012 with the University of Arkansas' Agri Park course hosting the festivities. Louisville will then host the NCAA National Championships at E.P Tom Sawyer Park on November 17.