GENESEO, N.Y. – Both the defending State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Champion SUNY Geneseo men’s and women’s cross country teams recently finalized their schedules for the 2013 season. Twenty-second-year head coach Mike Woods and the Knights have another full slate of racing scheduled in preparation for a run at the men’s fourth-straight conference title and 11th NCAA Championship appearance in as many years, along with the women’s 15th NCAA showing and third-consecutive SUNYAC title.
“I am very optimistic about the coming season,” said Woods, who was named the SUNYAC Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year in 2012. “Even though we graduated some great runners on both sides, we bring back a strong returning cast from last year’s championship teams. Our newcomers are also fitting right in and are going to make an immediate impact.”
Geneseo will start things off at the Daniel Walker Invitational hosted by Buffalo State at the Erie County Fairgrounds (Aug. 30). After a weekend off, the teams will travel to University Park, Pa. to compete in the Harry Groves Invitational, hosted by Penn State (Sept. 13). Part of the squad will also compete the following day at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, hosted by Rochester at Genesee Valley Park.
The Knights will then head north of the border to race in the Western International, hosted by Western Ontario (Sept. 21), while part of the team will also head to Houghton for the Highlander Invitational the same day.
The Knights will return home to host the Geneseo Invitational at nearby Letchworth State Park (Oct. 5) in a preview of the NCAA Atlantic Regional race to be contested on the same course later in the season. Following a trip to Oberlin, Ohio, for the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble (Oct. 19), the Knights will head to Oneonta, N.Y. for the SUNYAC Championships (Nov. 2) two weeks later.
Letchworth State Park will be the site of the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship (Nov. 16), while the NCAA Championship races will be run in Hanover, Ind. at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex on the campus of Hanover College (Nov. 23).