July 21, 2014
The University of Cincinnati cross country program has released its competition schedule for the 2014 season. Three of the Bearcats' six races will be run on an NCAA Regional or Championship site.
The Bearcats open the 2014 campaign on September 5 at the 33rd-Annual Queen City Invitational, which will be run in Mason, Ohio. Both UC squads hope to regain the respective team event titles with the women's last victory coming in 2010 and the men's in 2011.
UC then heads to Cedarville, Ohio on September 20 for the Friendship Invitational, which will feature a number of the top local schools. It will be the first time the Bearcats have run at this meet.
"The Friendship Invitational is a new meet to our schedule," said Associate Head Coach Sam Burroughs. "It fits perfectly into our season outlook. Cedarville has a beautiful course, and we will likely see a matchup against Dayton and Wright State."
The Bearcats continue their trek into unfamiliar meets as they will travel to Louisville, Kentucky for the Greater Louisville Invitational on October 4.
"I am really looking forward to the Greater Louisville Invitational," Burroughs stated. "We will see some of the top Division I schools at this meeting, including Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina. The course will be a good test for us too since it is the host site for the NCAA Southeast Regional."
After testing out the Southeast Regional's course, UC will head to Terre Haute, Indiana, host site for the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championship, for the Pre-Nationals Meet on October 18. Annually, this meet is filled with some of the best cross country programs across the country.
UC will then take some time off before traveling to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the American Athletic Conference Championships on October 31.
Postseason racing begins on November 14 as UC runs at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Madison, Wisconsin for a chance to return to Terre Haute, Indiana for the NCAA Cross Country Championships on November 22.