Five regular season meets set the stage for the 2007 BIG EAST Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. The Blue Demons begin racing on September 1 at the UIC Opener in Palos Heights, Illinois.
CHICAGO – DePaul men’s and women’s head cross country coach Pat Savage announced the program’s 2007 schedule as the Blue Demons enter their third season as a member of the BIG EAST Conference. Five regular season meets set the stage for the 2007 BIG EAST Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.
DePaul’s campaign opens on September 1 at the UIC Opener in Palos Heights, Illinois. The meet brings squads from across the Chicagoland area for a two-mile women’s race and a 4.1 mile men’s race.
The second week of the season takes DePaul to New York for the Fordham Invitational at Van Courtland Park on September 8. Although it will be the Blue Demons’ first appearance in the Fordham Invitational, several DePaul upperclassmen raced at Van Courtland Park during the 2005 BIG EAST Championships.
On September 14 the Blue Demons join Catholic institutions from across the country at Notre Dame’s National Catholic Championship. DePaul closes out the month on September 29 in Louisville at the Greater Louisville Classic, where the Blue Demons get a preview of Tom Sawyer Park, site of the conference championship.
DePaul competes on October 12 at the Bradley Classic in Peoria, Illinois. The meet is held at the Newman Golf Course, site of November’s NCAA Midwest Regional Championships. October 27 takes DePaul back to Louisville for the BIG EAST Championships, where the women’s team faces a 6K course and the men’s squad competes in an 8K race.
Following the conference championship, the Blue Demons return to Peoria on November 10 for the NCAA Regional Championships. DePaul races against the best of the Midwest on a 6K women’s course and a 10K men’s course.
The top two teams from each of the nine NCAA Regional meets earn an automatic berth to the November 19 NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana. Thirteen additional teams are selected for at-large qualifications.