Marquette Cross Country Reveals 2014 Schedule
July 16, 2014
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s and women’s cross country teams announced their 2014 schedules on Wednesday afternoon.
“The schedule is designed to give our athletes the best opportunity to compete well during the championship portion of the season,” Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. “Our main goal is to improve upon our team finishes at both the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.”
The BIG EAST, particularly on the women’s side, remains the premier conference nationally, with Villanova, Georgetown and Providence claiming four of the last five NCAA Championships. The Friars won the national title last season, while Butler and Georgetown each finished in the top five at the NCAA meet. The location and venue of the 2014 conference championships will be announced at the end of July.
The Golden Eagles’ 2014 campaign begins on Friday, Sept. 5 at the Badger Classic, held at the Zimmer Championship Course in Verona, Wisconsin, where MU will run a total of three times this coming season. On Sept. 19 the teams will head to Notre Dame, Ind., where they will compete at the National Catholic Championships for the fifth-straight year at the Burke Golf Course.
“We’ll start off the season with the Badger Classic and the National Catholic Championships,” Nelson said. “Our athletes are familiar with these competitions and the courses on which they will be competing. These meets are excellent opportunities to gauge our fitness against previous season performances.”
Following the National Catholic meet, the Golden Eagles will head to Minneapolis for the Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by Minnesota, at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 27. It will mark the first time since 2006 that the Golden Eagles have competed at the meet.
“The Roy Griak Invitational will be new for our athletes and me as a coach,” Nelson said. “It’s one of the most competitive meets in the nation and we are looking forward to the challenge.”
Both teams will compete for the second-straight season in Peoria, Ill., on Friday, Oct. 17 in the Bradley Classic at the Newman Golf Course.
The Golden Eagles head back to the Zimmer Championship Course on Saturday, Nov. 8 for the Wisconsin Open before returning on Friday, Nov. 15 for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.
The annual Marquette Alumni Run will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Valley Fields.