Musketeers' Cross Country Schedule Is Set For The Fall

Audrey Ramos and the Musketeers have elite competition on the schedule for the 2014 cross country season.

Audrey Ramos and the Musketeers have elite competition on the schedule for the 2014 cross country season.

June 17, 2014

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CINCINNATI - Xavier will kick off the 2014 cross country campaign with the annual Queen City Invitational before taking place in a series of top-notch races geared to prepare the Musketeers for both the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.

"We are very excited to release this season's cross country schedule," said head coach Ryan Orner. "We are looking forward to the high level of competition that we will see at all of our meets, especially the Notre Dame Invitational, which brings in numerous regional and national contenders on both the men's and women's sides."

Northern Kentucky will host this year's Queen City Invitational, held annually in Mason, Ohio, on Sept. 5. In addition to NKU, local foes Cincinnati, Dayton and Wright State regularly compete in the event. Last season, Xavier's women's team ran away with the team title after Abby Fischer led a quartet of Musketeers in the top five.

Xavier will than travel to South Bend, Ind., on Sept. 19 for the National Catholic Invitational, a traditional meet for the Musketeers that pits them against the top Catholic universities from around the nation.

The team will then split its squad for a pair of meets on Oct. 3, sending a crew to the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind., and the rest of the team to the All-Ohio Invitational in Cedarville, Ohio.

The final tune-up for postseason action will come on Oct. 18, when Xavier heads to Terre Haute, Ind., for the Pre-Nationals.

Postseason meets begin with the BIG EAST Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., on Nov. 1 and will continue in Madison, Wis., with the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Nov. 14. For the Musketeers that qualify, the NCAA Cross Country Championships will be held in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 22.