Coastal Cross-Country Announces 2018 Schedule
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina University Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Sandy Fowler announced the 2018 cross-country schedule on Tuesday. The schedule features the annual CCU Invitational and a trip out of the southeast and into the northeast to the state of Pennsylvania.
Last season between the men and women, the Chanticleers posted five first-place and 29 top-ten performances, The Sun Belt's Outstanding Performer of the Year (Nadeel Wildschutt - men), The Sun Belt's Newcomer of the Year (Lisha van Onselen -- women) , and two runners that made it onto the All-Sun Belt First-Team (Wildschutt and van Onselen) and Hutson Baumann who made it on the Second-Team for the men.
The Chanticleers will stay in the Carolinas for four of the six regular-season meets, starting on September 1, with the Gamecocks Invitational in Columbia, South Carolina.
For the 14th consecutive year, Coastal will host the CCU Invitational at the General James Hackler Golf Course on September 8.
In the 2017 event, Wildschutt and van Onselen respectively took home the top performance for the men and women.
With NCAA Regionals being held at Winthrop University later in the season, Coastal will travel to Eagles to take part in the Winthrop Invitational on September 15.
The Chanticleers in the fourth week of the season, will travel to the northeast and compete in the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on September 29.
The following Saturday on October 12, CCU closes out their regular season, as they go to High Point, North Carolina for the High Point University hosted VertCross Invitational.
The 2018 Sun Belt Cross Country Championships will in Mobile, Alabama this year, hosted by University of South Alabama this year on October 27.
In 2017's SBC Championships, Wildschutt took home the first-place medal for the Chanticleers and his teammate Hutson Baumann also placed in the top-ten with a ninth-place finish. For the women, van Onselen came up a short on her run for first place when she finished second overall.
On November 9, those Chanticleers who qualify will have two weeks to prepare for the NCAA Regionals as they go back to Winthrop University.
A total of 14 men and women qualified for the NCAA Regionals last season at the University of Virginia and just Wildschutt was able to qualify with a 4th place finish all the way to the NCAA Nationals where he ended up with a 28th place finish overall out of 254.
This season, NCAA Cross-Country season will end on November 23 in Terre Haute, Indiana at Indiana State University.
All times will be announced when they become available.
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