2014 Cross Country Schedule Unveiled

2014 Cross Country Schedule Unveiled

Links: 2014 Cross Country Schedule

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Featuring 10 races and an opportunity to co-host the NCAA East Regional Championship in November, the Merrimack College men's and women's cross country team's 2014 schedule has been unveiled by the Athletic Department Thursday.

Following one of the most successful seasons in recent memory on both sides last fall, both the men and women are primed for another strong campaign in 2014 and will hit the ground running on the first weekend of September to kick off the fall slate.

Both the men and women's side will begin the season on Saturday, Sept. 6, kicking off the year at the Shacklette Invitational hosted by Saint Anselm. A week later, the teams will return to the Granite State, this time to visit Franklin Pierce to compete in the Kirsh Cross Country Cup, where the women are defending champions after winning last year's race.

The following Saturday, Merrimack will head to Nashua South High School for the first of two meets, competing in an East Regional Preview Meet before heading to Franklin Park in Boston for the Cod Fish Bowl to round out September.

Once again, the program will welcome back all former student-athletes in the team's annual Alumni Meet on Oct. 4 before heading back to Franklin Park for the 2014 New England Championships on Oct. 12, facing off against squads from Division I, II and III programs. After the NE-10 Championship Preview Meet the following Saturday, the Warriors will return to Franklin Park for the third and final time on Oct. 26 to compete in the Mayor's Cup.

Turning to November, Merrimack will head back to Rindge, New Hampshire, to race in the 2014 Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Sunday, Nov. 9; last year, the men enjoyed their best finish in five years with a sixth-place effort, while the women put up an admirable fourth-place performance.

After an off week, the Navy and Gold will look to make history for the second year in a row when they compete in the NCAA East Regional Championships on Sunday, Nov. 23, back at Nashua South High School. Last fall, the women's side placed third to qualify for the NCAA National Championships for the first time in program history.

Should either side qualify this year, they will have the chance to run against the nation's best at the 2014 NCAA Cross Country National Championships on Saturday, Dec. 6, in Louisville, Kentucky, where the NCAA Division II National Championships Festival is being held.

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