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XC schedule released
Aug. 22, 2017

2017 USD XC Schedule

SAN DIEGO, Calif. –
 USD Cross-Country Head Coach Will Guarino has released the 2017 schedule. The fall schedule is highlighted by the USD Invite at Mission Bay, which the Toreros will host September 16.

“We are happy to begin the season. We have a great schedule to execute, and I do feel that it will test us early for battle,” Head Coach Will Guarino said. “A third of our team is brand new and we are quickly going to immerse them into a harsh racing conditions. We graduated strong seniors and I want to see how they react, we don’t have much time to prepare and we must go on.”

The Toreros kick off the season September 2 at the annual Mark Covert Classic at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea, Calif.

“Our first meet will be a controlled race,” Guarino explained. “We are in the sport of distance training, our first race will be treated as a preseason football scrimmage. We of course want to do well, but must first teach the lessons of running together.”

The Toreros’ second race, the USD Invite on Sept. 16, will be on their home course at Mission Bay. The Toreros’ hosted two meets there last year, but before that it had been many years since USD ran at home.

“This time Stanford comes to San Diego to race the USD invite,” Guarino said. “We are thrilled to have such a strong team come to San Diego to race. They have the racing tradition and the national recognition to go with it. It is a given that our conference has risen to one of the elite racing championships in the country so we must be ready for the fight. We take a risk early, but this is the only way to rise and race some of the best teams in the nation early.”



The Toreros will then head to Kansas for the Rim Rock Classic on September 30. “This race will have so many elements of fun, travel, racing tradition, strong competition and team bonding,” Guarino stated. “We go to the heart of the Midwest to explore one of the historical race courses of collegiate distance running. The race is considered challenging and unusual. It will blend bridges, obstacles, hills and historical landmarks that revive the Jayhawk racing greats. This competition will give us a chance to race against established teams like Kansas, Iowa, and Rice to name a few.”

The Toreros return to California for the Bronco Invite, hosted by Santa Clara on October 14. This is a race the Toreros run in annually and consistently set personal records. It is a great course for a final tune-up for the WCC Championships, which are set for October 28 in Oakland at the Metropolitan Links Golf Course.

“The team loves the Bronco Invite and they are willing to make the near 1,000 mile trek on our USD bus. It is both tradition, and a great opportunity to open up our racing stride. I love racing in October, and this is a great pre-championship race.”  

“For the WCC Championships, our team will have the opportunity to race in a European cross-country environment. Last year we had a thrilling championship and the WCC has done a great job of planning yet another true distance championship environment. Our intent it to rise yet to another level, and only time will tell if we can match our aim.”

The Toreros then head to the Pacific Northwest for the NCAA Western Regional (Nov. 10). “One is never able to predict the severe weather that can potentially make Seattle a city that challenges its citizens during extreme weather conditions,” Guarino stated.


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