2007 Cross Country Schedule
ATHENS, Ga. --- A home meet and a mid-season journey to the University of Oregon highlights Georgia’s 2007 cross country schedule, according to an announcement from distance coach Dave Hartman on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs open their season at the Covered Bridge Open (Boone, N.C.) on Aug. 31 and will compete in four regular season meets before the NCAA Pre-Nationals (Terre Haute, Ind.) arrive on Oct. 13. The Georgia women, who finished second at the 2006 Southeastern Conference Championships, will join the Bulldog men in Lexington, Ky., for the 2007 SEC meet.
“Our schedule will allow us to test ourselves versus the best teams in the nation throughout the regular season, which will prepare us to be competitive at the NCAA Championships,” said Hartman. “The highlight of our regular season will be our trip to the place that is known as Track Town, USA’ (Eugene, Ore.) to run against some of the top-15 teams in the nation. They had about 4,000 fans at the Bill Dellinger Invite last season so this should be an incredible experience for our team.”
Headlining the Bulldogs’ 2007 schedule will be their first home meet in four seasons on Sept. 22. Georgia will be welcoming teams from around the Southeast to run on a course at the University of Georgia Golf Course. While the Georgia men won the last Bulldog Stampede in 2003 and were led by Simon Ngata’s winning 8K time of 25:44.84, the Georgia women finished second.
“We are extremely excited about hosting the Bulldog Stampede at the UGA Golf Course this fall,” Hartman said. “It has been four long years since we got to race on our home course and Dave Cousart (Director of Golf at the UGA Golf Course) has given us fantastic support as we put this meet together. I am anticipating a great meet this season and I am hoping this will give fans a chance to actually see Georgia’s cross country team in action.”
Georgia will kick-off its season at the Covered Bridge Open, which is hosted by Appalachian State University, in Boone, N.C. Hartman said his teams will be staying in cabins near the course and he hopes the opening weekend be a “goal-setting and bonding time” for Georgia before the postseason meets begin.
Following the Bulldog Stampede, Hartman will take his teams to the Great Northwest for the second-annual Bill Dellinger Invite on Sept. 29 to face some of the country’s top teams. Arkansas and Georgia, who both finished in the top 15 at the 2006 NCAA Championships, are two of 15 women’s teams in the meet’s field. On the men’s side, Wisconsin, Washington, Cal Poly and the host Oregon Ducks, who were all in the top 15 at last year’s national meet, will be battling in the men’s 8K.
Georgia will also be making the short trip to Atlanta for Georgia State University’s Panther Invite on Oct. 6 and competing on a course in Gainesville, Fla., for the NCAA South Regional Championships on Nov. 10. Those Bulldogs who qualify for the NCAA Championships will be returning to Indiana State University in Terre Haute to conclude the season on Nov. 19.
In 2006, Georgia cross country experienced an unparalleled amount of success. The Lady Bulldogs captured the 2006 NCAA South Regional title and claimed the best finish in school history at the NCAA Championships (15th). After the men finished fifth at both the SEC Championships and the South Regional Championships, Ian Burrell wrapped up his cross country career with a 105th-place finish at the national meet.Date Meet Location
Fri., Aug. 31 Covered Bridge Open Boone, N.C.
Sat. Sept. 22 Bulldog Stampede Athens, Ga.
Sat., Sept. 29 Bill Dellinger Invite Eugene, Ore.
Sat., Oct. 6 Panther Invite Atlanta, Ga.
Sat., Oct. 13 NCAA Pre-Nationals Terre Haute, Ind.
Sat., Oct. 27 SEC Championships Lexington, Ky.
Sat., Nov. 10 NCAA South Reginal Championships Gainesville, Fla.
Mon., Nov. 19 NCAA Championships Terre Haute, Ind.