WILLIAMSBURG - William and Mary head men's and women's cross country and track coach Stephen Walsh announced the 2010 cross country schedule today, which includes up to 10 races for the Tribe. Included in the slate are a pair of home meets and a host of national-level events aimed at getting the College back to the NCAA Championships.
Complete Men's Schedule
Complete Women's Schedule
After taking part in a short warm-up race last weekend in Richmond, the season begins in earnest in three weeks. Before then, the Tribe will host more than 3,000 high school runners on September 18th in the 52nd annual W&M Invitational. September 25 brings teams from around the country to the Colonial Inter-Regional Challenge. In recent years, teams such as Georgetown, Tennessee, Michigan State, and Toledo have joined squads from around Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina to test the Tribe on their home course.
On October 1, the College will make its return to the Paul Short Invitational for the first time since 2004. Lehigh's nationally respected meet last hosted the Tribe in 2004, with the men claiming eighth (after winning it in 2002) and the women finishing fourth. The next weekend, the varsity sevens will fly out to Indiana to take on the top teams in the nation at the Pre-National Invitational, while the rest of the squads host teams and individuals from around the state and region in the Tribe Open.
An off weekend brings the Tribe to the 28th Colonial Athletic Association Championships, being hosted this year by UNC Wilmington on October 30th. The men's team have won the conference title each of the last 10 years, and 17 out of the past 20. The women have an impressive streak of their own going, with seven consecutive victories and 17 team titles overall. After the conference meet, the final non-championship race of the season is the Cavalier Open on November 5th.
Louisville, Kentucky will host the Southeast Region Championships on November 13th at Tom Sawyer State Park, where the W&M men's team will be going for an unprecedented third-straight region title and 14th consecutive bid to the NCAA Championships. The women will be looking to improve upon last year's best-ever finish (fourth) at the regional meet and return to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2005.
The season will wrap up the weekend before Thanksgiving with (hopefully) a pair of championship races. On Saturday, November 20th, elements of both teams will be New York City for the IC4A and ECAC Championships, bringing together the top programs in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. The men won their third IC4A title in 2006 and finished second last fall, while the women are in search of their first ECAC trophy after finishing second in three of the last four years.
The final race of the season is the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana, on November 22nd. The top two teams from each region as well as 13 teams taken at-large from around the nation will compete for the national title, while 255 runners on each side will look to earn All-American honors. W&M's men's team have made each of the last 14 national meets, a streak matched only by national titlists Stanford, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Arkansas. Last year, the Tribe had three All-Americans for the first time ever and finished fifth overall, its highest finish since taking fourth in 1973.