NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The Belmont men's and women's cross country teams maintain their gazes into their bright futures in both regionally and in the Ohio Valley Conference heading into the 2017 campaign.
2017 Belmont Cross Country Schedule (.pdf)
BU's Cross Country and Track & Field Director Jeff Langdon has put once again assembled a challenging slate for the harriers who launch into their fifth seasons in the OVC.
"While our schedule is not much different this year than in years past, every year and every meet provides new and different competition," Langdon said.
The Bruins will get back-to-back opportunities to race on the familiar course at Percy Warner Park to start the 2017 season. The teams host the annual Belmont Opener on September 2 before returning two weeks later for the Commodore Opener hosted by Vanderbilt. BU wraps the month getting a preview of this year's NCAA course at the Louisville Classic on September 30.
"We are especially looking forward to the Louisville Classic where there will probably be 10 of the top 40 teams in the nation competing," said Langdon. "We then get the opportunity to get reacquainted with the South Regional Championship course when we travel to Tuscaloosa two weeks later."
Two races are on the slate for the month of October. Belmont travels to the Crimson Classic hosted by Alabama on October 13 for its final tune up before the OVC Championships on October 28, hosted by Eastern Illinois.
Postseason continues with the NCAA South Regional back on the course at the Harry Pritchett Running Park in Tuscaloosa on November 10 before an opportunity to compete on the national stage in nearby Louisville at the NCAA National Meet on November 18.
"The teams have been putting in their work so far this summer and there is a tremendous amount of excitement surrounding the upcoming season," Langdon said.
The men's team boasts a strong senior class in Matt Blivin (Durham, N.C.), Anthony Didion (LaPorte, Ind.), Kaden Eaton (Columbus, Ind.), Matt Edwards (Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom) and Luke Evans (Columbus, Ohio) while eyeing the return of redshirts Chase Ballard (Columbus, Ind.), Kaleb McLeod (Soperton, Ga.), Declan McManus (Worcestershire, England) and Ben Weisel (Nashville, Tenn.). The harriers also welcome a trio of newcomers.
The harriers took second at the OVC Championship one year ago and placed 12th at the NCAA South Regional.