July 9, 2007
2007 Western Carolina Cross Country Schedule
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina head men's and women's cross country coach Danny Williamson today released his squads' 2007 schedule. The six-meet regular season schedule includes three home events, culminating with WCU hosting the 2007 Southern Conference Championship for the fourth time in school history.
"As we will be fielding one of the youngest teams in our program history, this year's schedule will allow our teams to grow over the course of the season. It is set up to allow us to adapt to the collegiate level and show improvement each week leading into the conference championship," said Williamson.
WCU will open the season with the Western Carolina Invitational in Cullowhee on the evening of Friday, Aug. 31, marking the first home Catamount intercollegiate athletic event of the 2007-08 season. Two weeks later, Western will entertain the Catamount Classic on Sat., Sept. 15 on the cross country course in Cullowhee.
The season completes the month of September as WCU travels to Louisville, Ky. - site of the NCAA Regional - for the Greater Louisville Classic where the men finished fifth overall a season ago. In October, Western will compete in the Blue Ridge Open, which includes a head-to-head showdown with mountain-rival, Appalachian State, as well as in the Front Runner Invitational in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Western will host the annual SoCon Cross Country Championship for the fourth time ever on Sat., Oct. 27 in Cullowhee. WCU first hosted the men's championship only in 1982 as it was not until 1985 that the SoCon sponsored the women's event. Cullowhee again played host to the conference championship in 1992 and again in 1996.
Williamson added, "Hosting the conference championship meet gives our teams a chance to run in a place they feel comfortable, competing on a course where they will have trained all season long."
The NCAA Cross Country Regional and National Championship events are scheduled for the second week of November in Louisville and Terre Haute, Ind., respectively.
Official meet start times will be announced at a later date.