FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU cross country teams are set to open the 2011 season this week as they host the FGCU Invitational on Friday, Sept. 2 beginning at 6 p.m. at Buckingham Property. It will mark the second time in program history that the Eagles have hosted an event, as well as, the first of six events for the fall season.
Four teams are set to compete in the invitational as the host FGCU welcomes FAU, FIU and Miami to Fort Myers. In the women’s event the runners will compete in a 5 km race beginning at 6 p.m., and the men’s teams will square off in a 4-mile contest at 6:30 p.m.
In the inaugural three-team event during the 2009 season, the FGCU claimed victory in the men’s event while the women finished in second place behind Miami. As individuals, junior Jonathan Lanning (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota Military Academy) and former Eagle Leigh Mumford each won their respective races.
The FGCU Invitational will be the first of six meets during the fall season for the men’s and women’s teams. The other events this season will see the Eagles make a pair of trips to Nashville, Tenn., with the first coming on Sept. 17 as they compete at the Commodore Classic hosted by Vanderbilt. This competition will provide a solid opportunity for the teams to run the course which will host the 2011 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship, set to unfold on Saturday, October 29. Both meets in Nashville are scheduled for 9 a.m. starts.
FGCU will remain in the state of Florida for the remaining three meets of the fall season. The Green and Blue travel north to Gainesville, Fla. to run at the UF Mountain Dew Invitational on Sept. 24. The host Gators’ women’s team topped the SEC Conference last season en route to the 2010 National Championship.
A quick turnaround will send the Eagles upstate once again to Orlando, Fla. to compete at the Disney World Cross Country Classic on Oct. 8. One other in-state meet is set to take place in Deland, Fla. as the Eagles head to the Hatter Invitational in a final tune-up before the A-Sun Championship on Oct. 14.
Recaps and results from every FGCU cross country meet will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com following each event.
Address to Buckingham Property
Buckingham Property (near the intersection of Buckingham Rd. and Binet)
5820 Buckingham Rd.
Buckingham, FL 33905