BUENA VISTA, Va. — Southern Virginia University head cross country coach Clint May today announced the 2019 schedule for both the men's and women's teams.
"We have a good schedule set up this fall," said Coach May. "We start the season at some unconventional race distances with smaller competitive fields. The goal is to allow our experienced runners to build team cohesiveness while setting a team standard. For our newer runners, this will give them the opportunity to feel Division III competition, familiarize themselves with the team and adjust before the move to the official distances of 6K for women and 8K for men."
The Knights stay in their home state of Virginia for the first half of the season starting with their opener at the UMW Opener on Aug. 30.
Southern Virginia then travels to Salem, Virginia, at the Roanoke College Invitational on Sept. 14.
After a week of rest, the Knights head to the historic Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester, Virginia, for the Hornet Harrier hosted by Shenandoah University on Sept. 28.
Southern Virginia will then begin their out-of-state meets beginning with the prestigious Louisville Cross Country Classic in Louisville, Kentucky, on Oct. 5. Two weeks later the Knights trek to Pennsylvania for the Gettysburg Invitational on Oct. 19.
"The Louisville Classic and Gettysburg Invitational headline our regular season," said May. "Louisville serves as a pre-national meet as it is the same course used for nationals. There will be a good number of Division III programs that will allow strong competition, an opportunity to run on a historic course and be a part of a well-promoted meet. Gettysburg simply has been a great test for us year in and year out. The start and first half mile are a similar feel to the regional meet in November."
The CAC Championships will be held on Nov. 2 with defending men's and women's CAC Champions York College (Pa.) playing host. The NCAA Regional Championships will be on Nov. 16 in Memphis, Tennessee, hosted by Rhodes College.
"We hope to head into the CAC Championships prepared to compete," said May. "I believe that our schedule this year will have us feeling prepared to race strong against the schools of the CAC."
Southern Virginia's men's team will look to improve after their highest finish in program history after placing third at the CAC Championships while the women look to build with their young team after last year's sixth-place finish.