Two home meets and an early look at the Midwest Regional course in Ames, Iowa, highlight the 2013 South Dakota cross country schedule.
The slate begins Sept. 6 in Vermillion with the Don Baker Invitational and builds towards November’s Summit League and NCAA regional championships.
“This schedule allows us to see good competition without racing too early before the big meets hit in November,” said Fitzsimmons. “We will race against Nebraska, Creighton and Omaha on our home course and I know our team and our fans are excited for those meets.”
In addition to the Don Baker Invitational, the Coyotes host the Tim Young Invitational Oct. 19. Sandwiched between the two home meets are the Iowa State Invitational on Sept. 21 and the South Dakota State Classic on Oct. 4.
Fort Wayne hosts the Summit League Championships on Nov. 2. Iowa State hosts the NCAA regional Nov. 15. The Coyote men and women were runners up at the Summit a year ago. The men placed 12th at the NCAA Midwest Regional while the women finished 14th.
The USD men return six of seven runners from last year’s team including senior Jeff Mettler, last year’s Summit League runner up. The Coyote women will rely on five of their top eight from a year ago including three seniors and 2012 Summit League Newcomer of the Meet Amber Eichkorn.
The full schedule is below:
Date Meet Location
Sept. 6 Don Baker Invitational Vermillion, S.D.
Sept. 21 Iowa State Invitational Ames, Iowa
Oct. 4 South Dakota State Classic Brookings, S.D.
Oct. 19 Tim Young Invitational Vermillion, S.D.
Nov. 2 Summit League Championships Fort Wayne, Ind.
Nov. 15 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships Ames, Iowa
Nov. 23 NCAA National Championships Terre Haute, Ind.