DBU Cross Country Set for Demanding, Successful Season

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The Dallas Baptist University Patriot cross country team is racing a tough slate in 2012 as their seven-meet schedule features six meets that will be contested outside of the Texas state border. “This is the most competitive schedule we’ve run in the eight years that I have been here at Dallas Baptist University,” said Patriot Head Coach Jake Phillips. “I am very excited to see how our men and women will progress through the early part of the season as we prepare for the Conference, Regional, and National Championships.”

The season kicks off at a familiar site as the Baylor Bear Twilight Invite has served as an opener most years for the Patriot Cross Country squads. The meet will be held at the Heart of Texas Soccer Complex in Waco, Texas. The women will be competing in a 4000 meter race while the men will compete in a 6000 meter race.

DBU then heads to the Missouri Southern State Stampede, which will also serve as the NCAA Division II Pre-National Championship race. Most NCAA Division II teams expecting to compete at the National Championships will be present for this meet.

Following the trip to Joplin, Missouri the Patriots will head to Stillwater, Oklahoma for the Cowboy Jamboree and then Fayetteville, Arkansas for the Chile Pepper Festival. The trips to Oklahoma and Arkansas will be the final tuneups before the teams take part in the Heartland Conference Championships, hosted by Newman University in Wichita, Kansas.

The Heartland Conference Championships will open the Championship portion of the season. The Patriots will follow up the Heartland Conference Championships with the NCAA South Central Regional Championships in Denver, Colorado. The Regional Championships will be the meet to decide who moves on to the NCAA National Championships.

The weekend after the NCAA Regional Championships the Patriots will be flying to Cedarville, Ohio for the National Christian College Championships, hosted by Cedarville University. This will serve as the final tuneup for the NCAA National Championships in Joplin, Missouri, if the Patriots qualify.

“We are really excited about the schedule this fall and about the competitive opportunities we’ll have before us. I certainly believe the competition we face early in the year will have us prepared for the Championship portion of the season,” Phillips said.