HAMDEN, Conn. – In search for the program’s 13th and 14th Northeast Conference Titles, Quinnipiac University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Head Coach Carolyn Martin has announced the schedule for the 2012 campaign. The slate features six events, including the 15th annual Northeast Conference Championships in late October.
Quinnipiac opens the 2012 season in the Empire State on Saturday, Sept. 1. The Bobcats will compete in the Stony Brook Invitational at 12 p.m., an event where both teams captured second place a year ago. From there, QU heads to Rhode Island for the Bryant University Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 8. The 2011 invite featured some of the Northeast's top teams, including Providence College, Boston University, Massachusetts, Holy Cross, Harvard, Connecticut, Siena, Northeastern and Yale. The race is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.
The following weekend, the Bobcats will host Quinnipiac University Invitational at 10 a.m. in Hamden, Conn. The women’s team captured first place in its own meet in 2010, defeating Stonehill College and New Haven County foe, Yale University. The men’s team claimed second in the 8k race.
The two teams will enjoy nearly two weeks off before their next event. On Friday, Sept. 28, the Bobcats will take part in the 39th annual Lehigh Paul Short Invitational at Goodman Park in Bethlehem, Pa. The 2011 Paul Short Invitational was equipped with 45 teams, including many nationally ranked squads. The University of Oklahoma, ranked No. 4 nationally, took the men’s gold title with 34 points, placing four runners inside the Top 10. Providence College, ranked No. 3 nationally, took the women’s gold title with 101 points, edging out No. 5 Villanova by three points (104).
October is complete with three events for the Bobcats, none bigger than the NEC Championships. In preparation for NEC’s, Quinnipiac begins the month on Saturday, Oct. 6 with the New England Championships at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. Coach Martin will then send the teams to West Windsor Field in New Jersey for the Princeton University Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 13, leaving two weeks of rest and training for the conference championships.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, the Northeast Conference will crown its 15th champion. The 12 teams will meet in Smithfield, R.I. at Bryant University for the annual event. The women’s team will look to defend its title, while the men’s team will look to dethrone Central Connecticut, who captured the 2011 championship.
November signifies the final month of competition for the Bobcats. The two qualifying tournaments take place on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 17. NCAA Regionals will take place on the 10th at Hammonasett State Park in Madison, Conn., while the NCAA Championships is slated for the 17th in Louisville, Ky.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012 Quinnipiac Men’s and Women’s Schedule will also be available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
2012 Men's and Women's Cross Country Schedule
|Sept. 1||Stony Brook University Invitational||12 p.m.|
|Sept. 8||Bryant University Invitational||12 p.m.|
|Sept. 15||Quinnipiac University Invitational||10 a.m.|
|Sept. 28||Lehigh Paul Short Invitational||10 a.m.|
|Oct. 7||New England Championships||10 a.m.|
|Oct. 13||Princeton University Invitational||10 a.m.|
|Oct. 27||Northeast Conference Championships||12 p.m.|
|Nov. 10||NCAA Regionals||12 p.m.|
|Nov. 19||NCAA Championships||12 p.m.|
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