You know it’s time for cross country to begin when you start seeing posts about students returning to school, the return of pumpkin spice flavors at your favorite coffee cafe, and Halloween decorations are advertised at the local supermarket. Many of our HepsNation athletes have been back on campus now for a few weeks and training for just as many – take a look at the team Twitter or Instagram feeds and you can see the team bonding take shape.
But for the fans, the season will begin for us this weekend. Friday kicks off the 2015 Heps Cross Country season as seven of the eight schools will make their season debuts. Feel free to skip work to attend if you’re nearby.
In fact, the majority of the major meets this year – including HepsXC – will be held on Fridays so get your vacation days lined up. If you need a note, let us know and we can try to write one for your boss.
Brown men, Columbia, and Cornell will be heading to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx for the Manhattan College Brother Jasper Season Opener (women at 2:30pm, men at 3pm). This will be a great introduction for many of the athletes who have yet to race at this legendary venue as HepsXC will be returning to Van Cortlandt Park for the first time since 2010.
Harvard will be hosting Princeton and Yale for their annual tri-meet at Franklin Park in Boston starting at 2pm with the men’s race, followed by the women at 2:30pm. If you feel like you’re still in great cross country shape, there will be an alumni 5km race that is set for a 1pm start – you can still signup by emailing Leslie Golemme your interest.
Penn will be taking on their Philly rivals of LaSalle, Temple, Villanova, and St. Joseph’s at the Big 5 Invitational starting at 5:30pm at the Belmont Plateau. The race is only 4km, but this is helpful for the frosh to transition to the collegiate distances of 6km for women and 8km for men.
On Saturday, Brown will be splitting their squads between Rhode Island and the Bronx. The Lady Bears will race at Van Cortlandt Park at the Fordham Fiasco/Ed Joyce Memorial for a 9:45am start, while the rest of the team will head to Smithfield, R.I. for Bryant University’s Nassaney Invitational. Meanwhile, Dartmouth will be hosting their only event of the year – the Dartmouth Invitational – with a gun time of 10:30am.
Let the cross country season begin!