Men's 2012 Cross Country Schedule
Women's 2012 Cross Country Schedule
PHILADELPHIA - Beginning his duties as Director of Cross Country/Track & Field, Steve Dolan announced the 2012 men's and women's cross country schedules on Tuesday.
The season gets off to a challenging start on Sept. 7 as the Quakers and La Salle Explorers stay close to home, meeting in a dual meet at Wissahickon Valley Park in Philadelphia. La Salle won both the men's and women's Atlantic-10 Championships in cross country last season.
A week later on Sept. 15, Penn will be back on familiar turf competing in the Iona Meet of Champions in New York City's Van Cortlandt Park. This is the fifth consecutive year the Quakers have run in the meet, with the women narrowly missing out on the team title in 2011, settling for second place while the men finished seventh overall.
On Sept. 28, the Red and Blue will toe the line at the prestigious Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., now in its 38th year. The Quakers were one of 45 schools competing on both the men's and women's sides a season ago, a field that included many national title contenders.
The month of October opens with the re-introduction of Lafayette's Leopard Invitational (Oct. 13), a race Penn hasn't competed in since both the men's and women's teams took home titles at the 2006 event.
Everything builds towards Oct. 27, which will see the Quakers heading off to compete at the Heptagonal Championships on Princeton's West Windsor Fields. The teams then go to Penn State on Nov. 10 for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals, and have the possibility of qualifying for the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 19 in Louisville, Ky. either as a team or as individuals depending on final placement in that race.
|Fri, Sep 07||La Salle||at Philadelphia, Pa.||3:30 p.m.|
|Sat, Sep 15||Iona Meet of Champions||at New York, N.Y.||9:30 a.m.|
|Fri, Sep 28||Paul Short Invitational||at Bethlehem, Pa.||11 a.m.|
|Sat, Oct 13||Leopard Invitational||at Easton, Pa.||10 a.m.|
|Sat, Oct 27||Heptagonal Championships||at Princeton, N.J.||11 a.m.|
|Sat, Nov 10||NCAA Regional Championship||at State College, Pa.||11 a.m.|
|Mon, Nov 19||NCAA Cross Country Championships||at Louisville, Ky.||TBA|