Cross Country Sets Its Path For Fall Season
SEATTLE - Cross country is back where it belongs this season, amid the changing leaves and unpredictable weather conditions of the fall. Washington Cross Country has finalized its route for the 2021 season, a path that will potentially take them on a true cross country trip to the NCAA Championships down in Tallahassee, Florida.
The Husky distance runners are a week away from reporting to campus and just over a week from their first run, a rust-buster workout against Seattle U. on Friday, Sept. 3. From there the Dawgs will go to their preseason training camp, before beginning the racing season in earnest at the Joe Piane Invitational hosted by Notre Dame on Friday, Oct. 1, along with the Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem, Ore. on Oct. 2.
The men and women will return to the annual Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on Friday, Oct. 15 in the last race before the championship meet season.
Utah hosts the 2021 Pac-12 Cross Country Championships in Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 29. Then the West Regional Championships will take place on Friday, Nov. 12, to decide the 31 teams that will advance on to the National Championships down in Florida on Saturday, Nov. 20.
The 2020 cross country season was held in the spring of 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Huskies once again qualified both their men's and women's squads to the NCAA meet, with the women placing 13th overall and the men finishing 25th. Both teams also were third at the Pac-12 Championships
2021 UW Cross Country Schedule
Friday, Sept. 3
UW-Seattle U. Invitational - Seattle
Friday, Oct. 1
Joe Piane Invitational - South Bend, Ind.
Saturday, Oct. 2
Charles Bowles Invitational - Willamette, Ore.
Friday, Oct. 15
Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational - Madison, Wisc.
Friday, Oct. 29
Pac-12 Championships - Salt Lake City
Friday, Nov. 12
NCAA West Regional Championships - Sacramento, Calif.
Saturday, Nov. 20
NCAA Championships - Tallahassee, Fla.