XC: Merrimack Cross Country Announces 2015 Schedule

Featuring seven regular-season meets culminating in the Northeast-10 Championships, 25th-year head coach Chris Cameron is pleased to announce the 2015 schedule for the men’s and women’s cross country teams.

Both sides are looking to build on their success from last year. At the NE-10 Conference Championships the women made a lot of noise by posting a fourth-place finish and the men put together a strong showing by finishing in sixth. The women placed sixth out of 27 programs and the men placed seventh out of 28 at the NCAA East Regional Championships.

The 2015 journey consists of nine meets and will begin the first weekend in September. The sides will travel to Manchester, New Hampshire, to compete at the Shacklette Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 5, which will be hosted by Saint Anselm College. The men performed admirably with a first-place finish in this season-opening meet last season.

The Warriors conclude the September portion of their schedule with back-to-back weekends of competition. They will compete in the UMass Dartmouth Invitational on Sept. 19. On Sept. 26, the two sides will find their way to Franklin Park in Boston, Mass., for the Cod Fish Bowl Invitational. Both teams posted top-five finishes last season at this meet.

October will begin right at home with the team’s annual Alumni Meet on Oct. 3 where the program welcomes back all former student-athletes. A week later the Navy and Gold will make their second trip to Franklin Park for the New England Championships. On Friday, Oct. 16, the Warriors will compete in Hopkinton, N.H., at the Kirsh Cup/NCAA Regional Preview Meet.

On Oct. 25 at Saint Michael’s College, the teams will have the opportunity to show off their skills at the NE-10 Conference Championships.

Next will be a trip to Hopkinton Fairgrounds on Nov. 8 for the NCAA East Regional Championships with a bid to the NCAA Cross Country National Championships on the line. In 2013, the women qualified for the NCAA National Championships for the first time in program history after placing third at regionals.

If either team ranks in the top three at regionals, they will qualify for nationals. The NCAA National Championships will be held at Missouri Southern State University on Saturday, Nov. 21.

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Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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