Cross Country Releases 2017 Schedule
July 6, 2017
“I believe each meet builds upon itself and that each meet will leave us prepared for the championship portion of the season, which we have the honor and pleasure of hosting the BIG EAST Championships once again,” said Nelson, who enters his 11th season at the helm.
Following the season opener on Sept. 2 at the Flames/Flyer Challenge in Romeoville, Ill., the Golden Eagles will get their first glimpse at the site of the 2017 BIG EAST Championships when they head to Dannehl Cross Country Course in Somers, Wis. for the Vic Godfrey Open hosted by UW-Parkside on Sept. 9.
“It’s good to know a course well and we are fortunate to get two good looks at the conference championship course leading up to the BIG EAST meet,” Nelson said.
After a week off from competition, MU will travel to Louisville for the second consecutive season to compete at the Louisville Classic on Sept. 30. It marks another preview of sorts for the squad as EP Tom Sawyer Park will be host to the 2017 NCAA Championships in November.
Another look at the Dannehl Cross Country Course awaits Marquette in its fifth meet of the season as the Golden Eagles compete at the Lucien Rosa Invite for the first time on Oct. 7.
Six days later, MU heads to Peoria, Ill. to compete at the Bradley “Pink” Classic for their final tune-up before the BIG EAST Championships. Nelson strategically planned a week between both meets to allow the team to prepare for the conference meet.
“I think it’s important to have plenty of racing opportunities, but it’s also important to give our athletes enough rest and recovery so they’re ready to go when it matters most,” said Nelson.
Both the men’s and women’s teams placed fifth overall at the BIG EAST Championships a season ago when it was hosted by St. John’s in Bronx, N.Y. Three garnered all-league honors as Brittney Feivor (17th) and Jennifer Parker (20th) each placed in the top-20 on the women’s side, while Alec Miller finished in 18th place overall for the men.
“It’s always exciting for our athletes, as well as our families and fans, to host the BIG EAST Conference meet close to home,” Nelson said. “It’ll be great to showcase the talent that exists in the BIG EAST.”
On Nov. 10, Marquette will head to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, where last year the men turned in their best finish since 2011 when they took 13th out of 30 teams and the women had their performance since 2008 with a 10th place finish out of 32 teams. This season, the meet shifts from Madison, where it was held each year since 2012, to Terre Haute, Ind. for the first time since 2003.
“Last year, we competed at the pre-national meet in Terre Haute, so most of our athletes have seen the course there,” Nelson said. “Madison has been a great host these past several years, but at the same time, we’re excited to race the Great Lakes Regional at another course we’re somewhat familiar with.”
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