Cross Country Program Announces 2008 Schedule

San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State University cross country head coach Augie Argabright has announced the 2008 schedule for the Spartan men’s and women’s teams.

The Spartans are set to compete jointly in no fewer than five regular-season meets, all away from home, though four of the five are within close proximity in the Bay Area. These five events will lead up to the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Championship, to be held in Las Cruces, N.M., with New Mexico State University serving as the host, on Saturday, November 1.

San Jose State will begin the new season at the annual University of San Francisco Invitational at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Calif., on the morning of Saturday, August 30.

Argabright and his Spartans will then travel to Memphis, Tenn., two weeks later, to compete for the first time in the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic on Saturday night, September 13. The Memphis Twilight is recognized as the largest night-time cross country meet East of the Mississippi River, with the women’s 5K race slated to go off at around 8:10 p.m. local time, and the men’s 8K following at approximately 8:50 p.m.

On the evening of Saturday, September 27, San Jose State will take part in the Stanford Invitational on the Stanford University Golf Course in Stanford, Calif.

Two weeks later, the Spartans are back a second time at Golden Gate Park, for the San Francisco State Gator Invitational on the evening of Friday, October 10.

San Jose State concludes the 2008 regular season at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational on Saturday morning, October 18, at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, Calif.

After the WAC Championship, the 2008 NCAA West Regional will be held on the Stanford Golf Course on Saturday, November 15. The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships are set for Terre Haute, Ind., for a fourth year in a row and sixth time in the past seven years. Indiana State University will again serve as the host institution on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center, on Monday, November 24. The 28th annual women’s race will be a 6K beginning at 9:05 a.m. PST, while the 70th annual men’s championship will be a 10K scheduled to start at 9:55 a.m. PST.

Joining Argabright on his staff for his 15th season in charge at his alma mater, are assistant coaches Jeff Argabright, his son, now in his 10th year, and Angela Stearns, in her 11th. The younger Argabright continues to work primarily with the Spartan men’s team, while Stearns works more closely with the San Jose State women’s squad.

A year ago, the San Jose State men finished fifth out of seven teams over 8K at the WAC Championship in Logan, Utah, and 24th over 10K at the NCAA West Regional in Eugene, Ore. The Spartan women placed seventh out of nine squads over 5K at the conference meet and 25th out of 31 over 6K at the regional event.