CASTLETON, Vt. - The Castleton University men's and women's cross country teams have finalized their competition schedule for the 2018 season, featuring five regular season races leading into conference and regional championships later in the fall.
The Spartans open the season Saturday morning, Sept. 1, at the Southern Vermont Invitational hosted by Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vt. Both the Castleton men's and women's teams placed second in the race in 2017.
The following weekend, top area collegiate teams travel here for the Castleton Invitational, taking place Saturday, Sept. 8, on a course surrounding the Spartan Athletic Complex. The women's five-kilometer race is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., followed by the men's eight-kilometer event at 11:45 a.m. A partial list of the visiting schools includes MCLA, Southern Vermont College, SUNY Canton, Green Mountain College, and New England College.
Castleton next heads to North Dartmouth, Mass., for the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 15. After a week off, the Spartans travel to the Vermont State Meet on Sept. 29, hosted by Northern Vermont-Lyndon.
The Spartans receive another week of rest before heading to Poultney, Vt., for the Green Mountain College Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 13, the final tune-up for Castleton before championship season.
The Little East Conference Championships will by hosted by Rhode Island College at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. on Saturday, Oct. 27. In 2017, Southern Maine repeated as the men's champion, while Eastern Connecticut State claimed its program's first title last year on the women's side.
Castleton travels to Brunswick, Maine on Saturday, Nov. 10, for the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships, hosted by Bowdoin College at the Pickard Field Cross Country Course. The NCAA Division III National Championships will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Dave Heitkamp enters his fourth season as head coach of the Castleton men's cross country team, and Mary Janiszewski begins her third year at the helm of the Spartan women's cross country squad.