Aug. 3, 2012
WACO, Texas - Baylor cross country head coach Todd Harbour announced the release of his team's 2012 schedule on Friday, including the opening meet of the season at home as part of a strong year ahead.
The men's and women's cross country teams will each compete in seven events over the course of the year with a berth to the NCAA Championships at the end of the season as the ultimate goal.
"We are very excited to get this season going," head coach Todd Harbour said. "The first part of our schedule gives us a chance to stay close to home, as well determine the strength of our teams before our men head back out west to Stanford and our women go north to the Roy Griak meet in Minneapolis. Both of our groups have prepared well this summer, and we are ready to get started."
Baylor will host the annual Bear Twilight Classic to open the season on Aug. 31 at the HOT Soccer Fields as part of back-to-back meets in the state of Texas to start the year. The following weekend, the teams will make the short trip to Arlington, Texas, for the UTA Season Opener on Sept. 8.
Following two weekends off, Baylor's women will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for one of the nation's largest meets, the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 29, while the BU men get back on the course in California at the Stanford Invitational on the same day.
Both teams will be back in action after another off week, splitting up to enter teams in both the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Louisville, Ky., and the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., on Oct. 13.
The double weekend will also serve as the final tune-up for the Big 12 Conference Championships in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 27.
Baylor will then travel for the NCAA South Central Region Championships for the first time in five seasons, after hosting the meet each of the last four years and in eight of the past nine. This season, the University of Arkansas will host the event in Fayetteville, Ark., on Nov. 9.
The pinnacle of the season, the NCAA Championships, then loom eight days later on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky. Baylor's women are looking to get back to the event, missing the past two seasons after a string of seven consecutive berths from 2003-09. The men have their sights set on the national meet, and end an NCAA drought that dates back to 1994.