San Jose, Calif. – San José State Head Coach Brad Wick announced his men’s and women’s cross country schedules on Friday with the Spartans competing four times in northern California ahead of the 2017 Mountain West Conference Championship.
“Geographically, we are in a really good area,” coach Wick said. “There are a lot of competitive meets near by, so we don’t have to travel a long way to see some of the very best teams in the West.”
The Spartans open the season Saturday, September 2 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park at the USF Invitational and the following Saturday, September 9, are in Fresno for the Fresno Invitational.
“The team reports on August 19 with the first official practice is on the 20th,” coach Wick added. “We have roughly two weeks to get ready. Pretty much everyone comes in good shape, so those first two meets are rust busters. They really just shock the body back into the intensity of training and competition. We’ll see where we are after Fresno and will start to focus on team improvements and placing well in Sacramento and Sunnyvale before the conference championship.”
The Sacramento race is the Capital Cross Challenge on Saturday, September 30, and Sunnyvale is where the Bronco Invitational will be run on Saturday, October 14.
“This year Stanford is not hosting its meet, so I think most of the teams that would have gone to that competition will be (at the Capital Cross Challenge). The Bronco Invitational is close and it’s on such a fast course, that it’s a really good place for us to race against good regional competition and to get ready for the Mountain West Championships a couple of weeks later.”
The Mountain West Championships will be contested in Albuquerque, N.M. on Friday, October 27 and the West Regional Championships take place in Seattle, Wash, on Friday, November 10.
“Everything we do and all the work we put in during the year is geared toward being focused and peaking at the Mountain West and NCAA West Regional Championships.”
2017 San Jose State Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Schedule
|September 2||USF Invitational||San Francisco, Calif.|
|September 9||Fresno Invitational||Fresno, Calif.|
|September 30||Capital Cross Challenge||Sacramento, Calif.|
|October 14||Bronco Invitational||Sunnyvale, Calif.|
|October 27||Mountain West Championships||Albuquerque, N.M.|
|November 10||NCAA West Regional Championships||Seattle, Wash.|
|November 18||NCAA Championships||Louisville, Ky.|