Sixth-year coach Jeremy Rasmussen announced the 2012 cross country schedule on Wednesday.
Aug. 8, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Sixth-year cross country coach Jeremy Rasmussen announced Illinois' 2012 women's cross country schedule, which boasts two home meets and a total of seven regular season competitions before postseason action begins with the Big Ten Championships in East Lansing, Mich. The squad heads to its annual preseason camp on Wednesday, Aug. 22 through Saturday, Aug. 25 in Utica, Ill.
The Illini start the season on Friday, Aug., 31 at the UI Arboretum with the Illini Challenge. The Orange and Blue have been in the top three each of the nine years of the Challenge, as they return three runners who finished in the top 15 at the meet a year ago. The women's 4K race is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. ET.
Two weeks later, the Illini runners will be at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships in Normal, Ill., on Friday, Sept. 14. The competition will be hosted by Illinois State on the D.A. Weibring Golf Course and includes an open race along with a women's 5K-championship race.
Illinois will return to action in South Bend, Ind., to compete at the Notre Dame Invitational, followed by the Orange and Blue running in the Boilermaker Collegiate Open the following weekend in West Lafayette, Ind. on Oct. 5.
The Illini then will split up between the Bradley Classic and Pre-Nationals. Part of the squad will run in the Bradley Classic on Friday, Oct. 12 while the top runners will head to Louisville, Ky., for Pre-Nationals on Saturday, Oct. 13, also the site of the NCAA Championships.
On Friday, Oct. 19, the Orange and Blue will host their second and final home meet, the Illini Open. Last year, four of the five runners finished in the top 20, with two inside the top 11. The women's 5K is slated to begin at 4 p.m.
Illinois begins postseason competition the following week in East Lansing, Mich., with the Big Ten Championships on Sunday, Oct. 28. The Illini return six of the seven runners who competed at the conference meet.
Two weeks later on Friday, Nov. 9, the Illini travel to Springfield, Mo., for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships. The top two teams from each regional will automatically advance to the NCAA Championships at the University of Louisville's Tom Sawyer State Park on Saturday, Nov. 17.