July 25, 2002
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia cross country team's 2002 schedule was announced by head coach Wayne Norton Thursday. The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs will compete in six regular season meets including the Bulldog Stampede at home in Athens.
Georgia's home meet will feature competitive collegiate teams and will include high school races for the first time in the history of the meet. Collegiate teams scheduled to compete include Clemson, Georgia Tech, South Florida, Tulsa, UNC-Greensboro and Ashland. Over 50 high school teams are scheduled to compete in two divisions at the meet.
The championship season begins in Gainesville, Fla., on Nov. 4 at the Southeastern Conference Championships. The NCAA South Region Championships will be held in Knoxville, Tenn., on Nov. 16. The top two teams and top four individuals not on the top two teams automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships. At-large bids are awarded as well. The 2002 NCAA Championships will be held in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 25.
"Cross country coach Dan Waters has put together a good schedule that should challenge our young men's and women's teams," Norton said. "But the challenges should help the teams in their development into teams that can compete for the top three places at the SEC Championships in November."
"We're looking forward to getting the season started," Waters said. "We have a competitive meet schedule and we should face some of the best teams in the Southeast and nation. Our key meets will be the Roy Griak Invitational, the SEC Championships and the South Region meet. We're also excited to host the Bulldog Stampede and we'd like to perform well at our home meet."
2002 UGA Cross Country Schedule
Sat. Sept. 7 Western Carolina Invitational Cullowhee, N.C.
Sat. Sept. 14 UGA BULLDOG STAMPEDE ATHENS, GA.
Sat. Sept. 28 Roy Griak Invitational Minneapolis, Minn.
Sat. Oct. 5 Clemson Tiger Cross Country Inv. Clemson, S.C.
Sat. Oct. 12 Furman Invitational Greenville, S.C.
Sat. Oct. 19 Auburn Invitational Auburn, Ala.
Mon. Nov. 4 SEC Championships Gainesville, Fla.
Sat. Nov. 16 NCAA South Regional Champs. Knoxville, Tenn.
Mon. Nov. 25 NCAA Championships Terre Haute, Ind.