McNeese cross country and track and field head coach Brendon Gilroy has released the 2019 cross country schedule that includes two college meets and two high school contests.
The season will open up on Friday, Aug. 30 with the McNeese Season Opener at the Enos Derbonne Mult-Sports Complex. The Cowboys and Cowgirls will then take part in the Rice Invitational on Sept. 13 before returning home for the Lake Charles Toyota Cowboy Stamped on Sept. 28.
The team will then run at the Texas A&M Arturo Barrios Invitational on Oct. 19 before competing in the Southland Conference Championships on Nov. 1 in Conway, Arkansas.
"We're going to host LSU along with some other in state programs in our opener," said Gilroy. "The first month is important for us to get to know each other and the roles on the team. We'll be training through the first few meets and get ready for conference and the NCAA South Central Region meet."
The Cowgirls, who finished fourth at last year's conference meet, are losing their top runners in Gladys Jerotich (4th in SLC) and Alex Eykelbosch (13th in SLC) as well as Imogen Hull and Sally Hughes, but will return all-conference performer Alissa Lander, who placed 17th at last year's league meet.
The Cowboys were hit with the injury bug last season that helped contribute to a sixth place finish at the conference meet.
The team returns all but one runner from last season, including all-conference runner Miguel Berrera-Lopez as well as Brian Flanagan, the league's freshman of the year in 2017 who missed last year with an injury.
The high school meets will be held on Sept. 11 (McNeese HS 2-miler) and Sept. 28 as part of the Cowboy Stampede.
2019 McNeese XC Schedule
Aug. 30 McNeese Season Opener (Enos Derbonne Sports Complex)
Sept. 11 McNeese High School 2-Mile
Sept. 13 at Rice Invitational
Sept. 28 Lake Charles Toyota Cowboy Stampede (Enos Derbonne Sports Complex)
Oct. 19 at Texas A&M Arturo Barrios Invitational
Nov. 1 at Southland Conference Championships (Conway, Ark.)
Nov. 15 at NCAA South Central Regional (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Nov. 23 at NCAA Championships (Terre Haute, Ind.)