Cross Country Teams Head To Charlotte
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW men's and women's cross country teams get an early peek at the host course for the NCAA Southeast Regionals when the Seahawk harriers travel to Charlotte Friday for the UNC Charlotte Invitational.
The Seahawks are making their fourth appearance of the fall season and will have their work cut out for them against a competitive field that includes 44 women's teams and 41 men's opponents at racer-friendly McAlpine Park. UNCW returns to the layout in six weeks for the NCAA Southeast Regionals.
"This weekend will be night and day from our last competition," said Layne Schwier, UNCW's assistant cross country/track and field coach. The Seahawks tackled a rolling layout in Williamsburg, Va., last weekend at the W&M Invitational, finishing third (women) and fifth (men) overall.
"McAlpine Park is basically a flat course with fairly manicured paths the entire time. We're expecting to run much faster and many of the top teams from around the state and region will be competing."
The meet features four races and the Seahawks will have entries in all four events. The Women's "Gold A" race goes off at 3:30 p.m., the Men's "Gold A" race starts at 4:15 p.m., the Women's "Green B" race begins at 4:50 p.m. and the Men's "Green B" race wraps up the day at 5:20 p.m.
The men are scheduled to run an 8K, while the women move up to a 6K distance for the first time this year.
"We've had a lot of good training runs this week and are anxious to see the hard work we've put in this season pay off," added Schwier. "The competition will be very tough and the course very fast. It's time to see who will rise to the occasion and take advantage of this opportunity to run fast."
Following Friday's race, the Seahawks take next weekend off before continuing their slate Oct. 12 at the Blue Ridge Mountain Open in Boone, N.C.