Aug. 18, 2014
The University of Cincinnati cross country programs officially reported for preseason training on Monday, Aug. 18.
Associate head coach Sam Burroughs embarks on his second season with the program and feels the team is prepared and excited for the upcoming season.
“The success that we had last year helps everyone buy into it [Burrough’s coaching and training style],” said Burroughs. “They all are looking forward to round two of it, and we have a great schedule for the season. We are super pumped to get things kicked off.”
The men’s team is coming off a runner-up finish at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships. The squad returns four of its top seven runners from last year’s team and adds a strong incoming class of five student-athletes.
“We did lose three of our top five from last season, but with the recruiting class we have coming in, we think we can go immediately back to where we were last year,” Burroughs said. “I expect some of those newcomers to immediately fill the holes left from last year.”
The women’s team returns everyone from last year and adds six runner as well. Last season, UC was one of the youngest teams in the league, so Burroughs believes the team will be much improved with the experience gained from last season.
“We were fortunate enough to not lose anyone, and we also bring in a pretty good class with six newcomers,” said Burroughs. “So we are excited to see what they can do this fall.”
The Bearcats start competing on Sept. 5 with a short road trip to Mason, Ohio for the 33rd-Annual Queen City Invitational.