Staying West: Cross Country Announces 2019 Schedule
LA JOLLA, Calif. — The University of California San Diego men’s and women’s cross country teams are set for a new season, with the 2019 campaign centered on the west coast.
All seven of the Tritons’ scheduled meets will be held in the west region, capped off by the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. To view the complete schedule, click here.
UC San Diego will get a test run of the national championship course on Sept. 28 when it competes in the Capital Cross Challenge at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex.
Although head coach Nate Garcia prefers to take at least one road trip to compete outside of the west region, he acknowledged California will be the national hub for the 2019 cross country season.
“From competitive perspective, we like seeing teams from across the country,” said Garcia. “It helps the team experience different types of courses and different types of racing.
“But with the Capital Cross Challenge being the national championship course, I could see some teams coming out west.”
UC San Diego begins the 2019 campaign on Sept. 7 at the Biola Invite in Fullerton, Calif., followed by the Cal State San Marcos Cougar Challenge on Sept. 13.
Garcia anticipates several west region foes from the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and PacWest will compete in the Biola Invite, while the Cougar Challenge will be a much smaller meet highlighted by perennial power Queens University of Charlotte, N.C., in attendance.
“(The Biola Invite) will be a good way to get an early test against a number of schools from the region,” said Garcia. “(CSUSM Cougar Challenge) will be a small meet, but we’re excited to test ourselves against a good team from outside the region.”
Following the Capital Cross Challenge, UC San Diego will host its prestigious annual home meet, the 27th Triton Classic, on Oct. 12.
“It’s always nice to compete in front of your home fans,” said Garcia.
The 2019 CCAA Championships will be hosted by Humboldt State in Arcata, Calif. on Oct. 26, while the NCAA West Regional returns to Monmouth, Ore., on Nov. 9.
The season wraps up with the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23.
The UC San Diego men’s team finished fourth in the CCAA and ninth in the west region in 2018, while the Triton women earned sixth place in the CCAA and 14th in the west.
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