ARLINGTON, Texas – The UT Arlington men's and women's cross country teams will begin 2014 in the city where the 2013 campaign concluded when the squads travel to Waco, Texas, on Friday for the Bear Twilight Invitational.
Both UTA teams return their top five runners, all of whom took part in the NCAA Central Regional hosted by Baylor last year. The highly successful seasons included a Sun Belt Conference championship and a school-record regional ranking of No. 3 for the men, as well as a runner-up SBC showing for the women.
This meet marks the earliest start to a competitive season (Aug. 29) for the Mavericks in more than a decade.
"It's an opportunity to get a meet under our belt and test the engines," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "We don't have any expectations going into it. We are just making sure that everyone has an opportunity to run and show what they can do."
The women will compete in a 4k race beginning at 7 p.m. with the men's 6k race to follow. The competition will be held on the grounds of the Heart of Texas Soccer Complex.
Sauerhage said that not everyone will participate in the first meet, as "some are anxious to run competitively," while others would rather wait.
The Bear Twilight Invitational, as well as the UTA Season Opener at Lynn Creek Park on Sept. 13, will help Sauerhage select which athletes will compete at Minnesota's prestigious Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 27.
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