Cross country announces 2016 schedule

Cross country announces 2016 schedule

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia University cross country head coach Dave Thomas has announced the 2016 schedule for the men's and women's teams on Friday.

The schedules have a familiar feel to them as the Rams will run in five of the same meets they competed in a year earlier.

The 2016 season gets underway on Sept. 10 with the Philadelphia Metropolitan Championship at Belmont Plateau, one of two home meets on the slate. Philadelphia's women have taken the top spot in each of the last eight seasons.

After a year hiatus, Philadelphia returns to the Division II Challenge at Kutztown University on Saturday 17. One week later, the Rams head to Stockton University to compete in the Osprey Open for the first time.

The major difference in the men's and women's schedules come on the weekend of Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. On the 30th, members of the women's team are slated to take part in the Bryn Athyn Meet, where the Rams are the defending champions. The men's team and rest of the women travel to Lehigh University for the Paul Short Run on Oct. 1.

Philadelphia hosts its second meet of the season, the Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championship, on Oct. 8. The Ram women took first place in the race last year for the first time since 2013.

After a 12-day layoff, Philadelphia has its final tune-up for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship slated for Oct. 21 at the Haverford College Invitational.

The CACC Championship will be held on Oct. 23 at Belmont Plateau. The women won the conference title for the seventh time in eight years in 2015. The men last claimed the CACC crown in 2014.

Philadelphia wraps up the season with the NCAA Division II East Region Championship at the Hopkintown Fairgrounds in New Hampshire. In 2015, the women were ninth and the men took 24th