Tiger Cross Country Teams Ready to Perform on Home Course Hosting C-USA Championships
Oct. 31, 2008
Memphis, Tenn. - The University of Memphis will host the 2008 Conference USA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 1 at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The women's 5000 meter championship race will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the men's 8000 meter race will begin at 11:00 a.m. Following the men's race at 12:00 p.m., Conference USA will present its awards.
"I'm excited to be back in the rotation to be hosting," said head coach Kevin Robinson. "It's the first opportunity that I've had as a head coach to host the conference championship. Our goal is to put on a first class meet that the coaches and athletes will want to come back to.."
The course circles the soccer complex and then heads toward the back part of the stadium. The athletes enter the backside of the main soccer stadium, and circle the field before finishing in front of the bleachers.
"It's going to be an advantage for us to be running at home in front of our fans," said Robinson. "I hope that they will continue the trend of continuing to improve like they have all year."
The Memphis runners are ready to run at their home course. They men took second and the women grabbed third at the previous Redhawk Classic meet in Cape Girardeau, Mo. on Oct. 17.
"If they show up and run like they are supposed to, they will run pretty decent," said distance coach Toby Reep. "They will run better than last year and that's always the objective. We're looking forward to it. We're finally fresh legged, and recovered."
The event is free to the public. Busses will enter the complex at the entrance on E. Shelby Dr. and fans can use the entrance off of Forest Hill Irene Rd. and park in the main parking lots of Mike Rose Soccer Stadium. This is the third time Memphis has hosted the C-USA Cross Country Championships.