June 13, 2012
2012-13 Cross Country Schedule
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State cross country team released its schedule for the 2012-13 season, as announced Wednesday by head coaches Rollie Geiger and Laurie Henes. Both the men's and women's squads will look to improve on their strong campaigns last season.
The Pack will be led by All-Americans Emily Pritt, Laura Hoer and Andrew Colley, as well as All-ACC selections Joanna Thompson and Patrick Campbell.
The Pack will start the season off on Friday, Sept. 14, with the adidas XC Invite, a home meet at the WakeMed Soccer Complex in Cary, N.C. The harriers will then train for two weeks, before heading to South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, Sept. 28. NC State hasn't competed at the Notre Dame Invitational since 2007.
State will return to the Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wisc., on Friday, Oct. 12. The Pack competed in that race last year, with the men finishing 11th and the women taking 12th in two very deep fields. On the men's side, 20 teams were ranked in the USTFCCCA poll, and 19 ranked teams make up the women's competition. Both teams will look to improve on those finishes, in what is sure to again be a competitive race.
The ACC Championships will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, in Blacksburg, Va. The men will look to defend their crown, while the women hope to improve on a third place finish.
Following the ACC Championships, the Pack will head into the post season, with the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 9, in Charlotte, N.C. In order to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships, teams must place in the top two in their region. Last season, the men placed first and the women took second.
The NC State men will look for their seventh consecutive NCAA appearance, while the women hope to qualify for the 28th time. Their current standard of 27 appearances in the most of any school in the nation.
The NCAA Championships will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17, in Louisville, Ky. The men finished 10th last season, while the women were 23rd.