JACKSONVINLLE, Fla. – Featuring a trio of regular season meets at some of the Southeast's most notable cross country courses, Jacksonville University men's and women's cross country teams have released their 2018 schedule, as announced Friday by the Dolphins' Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Ron Grigg.
The Dolphins opened the season on Friday, Sept. 7 as they head across town to North Florida for the UNF Cross Country Invitational. The women will take off for a 3,000-meter race at 6 pm, while the men hit the trail for a 5,000-meter race at 6:30 pm.
Two weeks later on Saturday, Sept. 22, Jacksonville travels to Gainesville, Fla. for the University of Florida Mountain Dew Classic. At last year's event, the women placed fifth as a team and the men finished 19th. Held at the UF Golf Course, the men's 8K race begins at 7:55 am with the women's 5K race to follow at 8:30 am.
Serving as the Dolphins' final tune-up before the ASUN Championships, JU visits Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee for the FSU Invitational on Friday, Oct. 12. Both teams saw success at last year's race, with the women placing second overall and the men finishing sixth. This year, the men open the meet with an 8K race at 7:40 am, followed by the women's 5K race at 8:20 am.
A change from last year's ASUN Championships in Georgia, the Dolphins will battle colder temperatures as they look for a league title on Friday, Oct. 26 at Van Corlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y. The men's 8K race begins at 8:30 am, with the women's 5K at 9:30 am.
Longer courses highlight the NCAA postseason as the qualifying runners will race along a 10K course for the men and a 6K course for the women. The NCAA South Region Championship returns to Tallahassee on Friday, Nov. 9, while the NCAA Championship takes place on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Madison, Wis.
For more information on the 2018 ASUN Championships, visit ASUNSports.org.
2018 Jacksonville University Men's and Women's Cross Country Schedule
|DATE||MEET||LOCATION||MEN'S RACE INFO||WOMEN'S RACE INFO|
|Friday, Sept. 7||UNF Cross Country Inv.||Jacksonville, Fla.||Men's 5K - 6:30 pm||Women's 3K - 6 pm|
|Saturday, Sept. 22||UF Mountain Dew Inv.||Gainesville, Fla.||Men's 8K - 7:55 am||Women's 5K - 8:30 am|
|Friday, Oct. 12||FSU Invitational||Tallahassee, Fla.||Men's 8K - 7:40 am||Women's 5K - 8:20 am|
|Friday, Oct. 26||ASUN Championships||Bronx, N.Y.||Men's 8K - 8:30 am||Women's 5K - 9:30 am|
|Friday, Nov. 9||NCAA South Region||Tallahassee, Fla.||Men's 10K||Women's 6K|
|Saturday, Nov. 17||NCAA Championships||Madison, Wis.||Men's 10K||Women's 6K|