THE FLATS – Georgia Tech cross country head coach Alan Drosky announced the 2018 schedule on Tuesday afternoon, featuring three meets before postseason action.
“This will be a challenging schedule that will give us great opportunities to reach our potential this fall as a team,” said Drosky. “With three competitions prior to the championship meets, we’ll be able to have some solid training blocks between races, but also will be able to give each meet the focus we will need in order to compete well.
“Our opener at Georgia always has a good intensity to it and the course is very challenging. Boston will give a chance to preview the conference championship course and compete against a lot of good teams that we generally don’t see. At Penn State we’ll get another shot at great competition and a chance to really test ourselves before the championship meets. Lastly, for our sport, the real measuring stick is how we do at ACCs and NCAA South.”
The Yellow Jackets kick off the 2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Bulldog Invitational in Athens, Ga. The women will compete in a 5k while the men race 7.5k.
Tech then heads north on Friday, Sept. 21 to the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown in Jamaica Plains, Mass., hosted by Boston College. The women will race in the 5k while the men compete in an 8k. With Boston College also playing host to the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Cross Country Championships, the Jackets will get a preview of the Franklin Park course at the Battle in Beantown.
The Jackets wrap up the regular season at the Penn State National Open on Friday, Oct. 12 in University Park, Pa. where the women’s squad will race a 6k and the men take on a 5.2 mile course.
The Jackets will take a week off before postseason racing begins on Thursday, Oct. 26 with the 2018 ACC Championships in Jamiaica Plains, Mass. The men race their second 8k and the women will run their third 6k.
Tech travels south to Tallahassee, Fla., for the NCAA South Regional hosted by Florida State on Nov. 9 with another 6k for the women and the men’s first 10k.
The season concludes in Madison, Wis., at the 2018 NCAA National Championship on Nov. 17 (men: 10k; women:6k).