DAHLONEGA, GA – First year head coach Tom
Williams has announced the men’s and women’s cross
country schedule for the 2009 season as the teams will compete in
seven meets in four states around the Southeast.
The teams will open the season in Oxford, Al., at the Jacksonville State Strut’s Season Opener before heading to Rome, Ga., to take part in the annual Berry College Invitational.
Following the Berry College Invitational, the Saints and Lady Saints will stay in the state of Georgia for the next two weeks, traveling to the University of Georgia on September 19, before heading to Macon, Ga., for the Mercer Runfit Sports Invitational.
North Georgia will then run a pair of races in the carolinas, traveling to Anderson University the second weekend in October to compete in the Trojan Invitational, and taking two weeks off before returning to the Peach Belt Conference Championships, this time on the campus of UNC Pembroke the 24th of October.
The NCAA Division II Southeast Cross Country Regionals will take place November 7, on the campus of Wingate University, followed by the National Championships in Evansville, Indiana, two weeks later on November 21.
“I am excited about the upcoming season,” new head coach Tom Williams said. “The 2009 Cross Country schedule will provide an opportunity for both the Men and Women teams to excell, and I am looking forward to a new committment to Cross Country at North Georgia.”
Williams will take over a pair of programs that finished in the top four in the Peach Belt Conference last season. The women finished third at the annual PBC Championships, while the men finished fourth in the league.
Williams will coach two PBC All-Conference performers in freshman Katie Vance and junior Emmy Lawalin as the women’s team looks to make a push to the front of the conference. A young men’s team will look to build on late-season success last year and continue to make strides to the front of the league.