Five regular-season cross country meets, including the Kansas State University Harrier Relays, highlight the 2003 Kansas State cross country schedule released by university officials today.
K-State opens the 2003 season on August 30, in Tulsa, Okla., at the Hurricane Festival hosted by the University of Tulsa.
Following the season-opening meet, the team will host their only home meet of the season, the K-State Harrier Relays, on September 13, in Topeka, Kan. The Wildcats will look to repeat last year's performance at the relays, when both teams placed first at the event.
The Wildcats then travel to two meets hosted by Big 12 Conference rivals, beginning with the Woody Greeno Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., on September 20. After the trip to the University of Nebraska, K-State will head to Oklahoma State University on October 4, to participate in the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla.
K-State will wrap up the regular-season portion of the schedule on October 18, in Fayetteville, Ark., when they participate in the Chile Pepper Invitational hosted by the University of Arkansas. Last season, the K-State women finished second at the meet while the men raced to a ninth place finish.
The post-season portion of the schedule begins for the Wildcats on November 1, in Austin, Texas, when they participate in the Big 12 Championships. In the 2002 championships, the women managed a seventh-place finish while a young Wildcats men squad finished tenth at the event.
The Wildcats finish the season with a pair of NCAA championship events. On November 15, K-State will participate at the Midwest Region Championships in Stillwater, Okla., before finishing the season on November 24, at the NCAA Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
The Wildcat squads return several runners from the 2002 season. Amy Mortimer is the lone senior lost from last year's women's team while the men's side loses only two seniors, Martin Boos and Keil Regehr, from last year's young squad.