Notre Dame headlines NCAA XC kick off proper

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NCAA XC Regionals

Whilst the 2012 NCAA Cross Country season has been underway for over a month, the shift from summer to autumn means that true competitive action is about to start. The low key meets are now largely over as teams begin the long road towards qualifying for the NCAA Cross Country Championships at the new venue in Louisville, Kentucky. This new venue should provide an added dynamic this year as it is a departure from the omnipresent Terre Haute course. Expect some teams to be thrown off on the big dance due the course change. Also expect many teams to recon the Louisville course ahead of the November meet. The course is mapped below.

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When athletes arrived on campuses over a month ago we were in the height of summer. This would have meant some very hot and humid training sessions. By hot and humid we mean over 100 degrees and 80 percent humidity in some cases. Fast forward five weeks, conditions are now significantly more welcoming for distance runners, and after some solid training the athletes are ready to be let loose.

Whilst we are not entirely sure who is competing where as some teams will split their squads, what we will do is list some of the traditional big meets taking place this weekend. Notre Dame is the where the most ranked teams will be competing, and these are listed below.

  • Notre Dame Invitational
    • Men:  10 Florida State, 11 North Carolina State, 14 Texas A&M, 17 Princeton, 20 Tulsa, 21 New Mexico, 24 Notre Dame, 25 Eastern Kentucky, 26 Michigan, 29 Washington State Women: 2 Florida State, 19 New Mexico, 20 Notre Dame, 21 Butler, 25 North Carolina State,    

Other Big Meets include:

  • Greater Louisville Classic
  • Paul Short Invitational
  • Bill Dellinger Invitational
  • Cowboy Jamboree
  • Roy Griak Invitational

This a big weekend. We will begin to bring you season rankings from here on in, when they actually mean something.

Good luck to all.

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