Aug. 15, 2012
HOUSTON- The University of Houston men's and women's cross country teams are slated to compete in four regular-season meets prior to the three postseason meets, head coach Leroy Burrell announced Wednesday.
"We have had some transition in our program but our student-athletes have handled it well," Burrell said. "They have been working hard and are looking forward to the season."
The Cougars will open the 2012 season with two Houston meets, starting Aug. 31 at Houston Baptist and followed by the Rice Invitational on Sept. 14.
After a two-week break, the Cougars will head to Austin on Sept. 28 to compete for the second straight year at the Rouge Grass Routes Running Festival. The Cougars will then travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival on Oct. 13. This will be the first time since 2007 that Houston has competed in the Festival.
The Cougars will have a three-week training period before they head to the Conference USA Championships hosted by Southern Miss on Oct. 29 in Hattiesburg, Miss. The NCAA South Central Regional is scheduled for Nov. 9 at Agri Park in Fayetteville, Ark., followed by the NCAA Championships on Nov. 17 at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.
Houston was forced to cancel the UH Johnny Morriss Invitational, its annual collegiate meet and its high school meet, the Cougar Classic Cross Country Carnival, following former head coach Ryan Turner's resignation in late July.
Aug. 31 Houston Baptist (Houston, Texas)
Sept. 14 Rice Invitational (Houston, Texas)
Sept. 28 Rouge Grass Routes Running Festival (Austin, Texas)
Oct. 13 Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Oct. 29 C-USA Championships (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
Nov. 9 NCAA South Central Regional (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Nov. 17 NCAA Championships (Louisville, Ky.)