WATERTOWN, Wis. -- For the 2018 season, the Men's and Women's Cross Country teams will be a couple of shows on the road. Both teams will have five preparation events before the return trip to NCCAA Nationals.
Both squads will share a schedule, which does not include a home meet at Brandt-Quirk Park.
|Event||Date||Location||Race Times (all times Central)|
|Ken Weidt Classic||9/8||Mequon, Wis.||11 a.m. (W), 12 p.m. (M)|
|Warrior Invitational||9/29||West Allis, Wis.||11 a.m. (W), 12 p.m. (M)|
|Bethel Invitational||10/5||Mishawaka, Ind.||4 p.m. (W), 5 p.m. (M)|
|Wis. Private College Championships||10/13||Green Lake, Wis.||10:15 a.m. (W), 11 a.m. (M)|
|Oshkosh Open||10/19||Winneconne, Wis.||11 a.m. (W), 12 p.m. (M)|
|NCCAA Nationals||11/10||Point Lookout, Mo.||9 a.m. (W), 10 a.m. (M)|
--- (schedule updates and time changes can be found at mbusabercats.com/composite)
The four in-state events listed above have become regular-season staples for the Blue and Gold.
The Ken Weidt Classic has been the opening stage for MBU over the last few years, posing a welcome test after three weeks of preseason. As always, the event will be hosted by Concordia University-Wisconsin, and it will be run on the CUW campus on the shores of Lake Michigan.
The Warrior Invitational will be the Sabercats' next test, and they will have three weeks off to prepare for the jaunt through Greenfield Park near Milwaukee. Wisconsin Lutheran College will host the event.
The Sabercats will look to improve their placement in the Wisconsin Private College Championships. Last year, the Sabercat Men posted their best-ever finish at the event with a fifth-place finish, and the Women finished 10th out of 12. Now that both teams are away from their home course of Brandt-Quirk Park, they will be tested even more to improve their placement.
The Oshkosh Open has yielded success for MBU in the past, as the Women's Team won the event in 2016. Neither squad took the placement they wanted at last year's edition of the event, which came during an increased training period in preparation for NCCAA Nationals.
- 2017 Best Time (Men): 28:32 - Cameron Rankin (NCCAA Nationals)
- 2017 Best Time (Women): 21:27 - Sarah Vander Pluym (NCCAA Nationals 5K)
- College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, Missouri) -- Location of the 2018 NCCAA DII National Meet
- 2017 Nationals Finish (Men): 2nd
- 2017 Nationals Finish (Women): 5th