MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck announced the schedule for the upcoming 2013 cross country season.
“Coach Sean Cleary and our cross country program have made a habit of facing many of the premiere programs in the country, year in and year out, and that will be no different in 2013,” Luck says. “We are confident the Mountaineers will continue to excel at a national level, and the events on this season's schedule will continue to put us in a position to succeed.”
Cleary and the Mountaineers will begin their season Aug. 31 at the Lehigh Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa. The meet will be the first of three WVU will run at the Bethlehem site, including the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional in November.
“As per usual with WVU schedules in the past, we do our very best to get the kids to see the courses we have to go to for the championship portions of the season,” Cleary says. “It puts us in position to succeed late in the season.”
West Virginia will compete in its second event, the PSU Spiked Shoe Invitational, at State College, Pa., Sept. 13. The Mountaineers will then have two meets alternating between Bethlehem and State College prior to the Big 12 Championships in Waco, Texas Nov. 2.
“Looking ahead to the future, very few women in this program have experience at Penn State. We'd like to ensure that they get this experience,” Cleary says. “We're going to get to see the regional meets not only for this year, but also for the future.
“We like it. It's a schedule that is going to allow us to train very hard through the middle portion of the season and hopefully emerge properly for the championships.”
The Mountaineers will return plenty of talent in 2013, including two-time All-American Kaitlyn Gillespie
, who sat out last season with a medical redshirt.
The NCAA Cross Country Championship is scheduled for Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind. 2013 WVU Cross Country Schedule
Aug. 31, Lehigh Invitational, Bethlehem, Pa.
Sept. 13, PSU Spiked Shoe Invitational, State College, Pa.
Oct. 5, Paul Short Run, Bethlehem, Pa.
Oct. 19, PSU National/Pre-Nationals, State College Pa./Terre Haute, Ind.
Nov. 2, Big 12 Championships, Waco, Texas
Nov. 15, NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, Bethlehem, Pa.
Nov. 23, NCAA Cross Country Championships, Terre Haute, Ind.