After a seventh place finish at the WHAC championships in 2018, the Lawrence Technological University men's cross country team strides towards their 2019 campaign.
The first race of the season is in Bethany, W.Va. at the Bethany Invite on September 7. The next weekend, the men travel to Ohio to run in the Otterbein University Invite on September 14th. The Blue Devils then come back to Michigan to run in the Warrior Classic in New Boston, Mich. on September 21st. To conclude the month of September is a race on the 28th down in Kentucky at the Louisville Classic Invite.
Opening October for the LTU men's team is a race in Lansing, Mich. on October 4th at the Lansing Cross Country Invite. Taking a week off, the Blue Devils come back on October 19th to run at the Oberlin College Invite down in Oberlin, Ohio. Wrapping up October is a meet in Grand Rapids, Mich. at the Great Lakes Invitational on October 26th.
Following the conclusion of the regular season, the team will travel back to Grand Rapids, Mich. to run on November 11th in the WHAC Conference Championships. Those that qualify during this race will then advance to the NAIA Cross Country Nationals on November 22 which is held this year in Vancouver, Wash.
Heach Coach Eric Green is optimistic of the upcoming season after a successful 2018 year. After running a camp in the summer, he has seen much to be hopeful about with his team, "I have a great core of four freshman who did more summer training then previous freshman classes. They came into camp in shape and have been pushing most of the upperclassman so far this early in the season." Especially since the men's team only graduated one runner last year, Malik Jordan, who now is the assistant coach, the team has a lot to build off of for the 2019 campaign.
From last year, the team experienced a lot of weather issues, including muddy courses, rain, warmth and cold, the team has had a chance to prepare thanks to a moderate weather season in the last few weeks, with Green adding, "this years conditions have been better, at least for training purposes. The weather for our first meet this weekend will be perfect conditions in West Virginia. Last year we had that major sever weather and were running in ankle deep mud. So the season is starting up on the right foot."
A look into the newcomers shows several standout freshmen on the team, including a few who could lead the team. Green stated that "Nolan McGahan will be our top runner on the team and will be our front runner. He has already put up some impressive time trial runs that are just as good or better then Graham Elliott and Jordan had during their freshman year." The team found much of its success in its ability to pack run, so with some new faces mixed into the returners, the Blue Devils have high hopes their upcoming season, which starts this Saturday in West Virginia at the Bethany Invite on September 7th.