MADISON, S.D. - Dakota State's cross country teams will open the 2012 season at home for the second straight year. The Trojans host its own meet - Herb Blakely Invitational - at the Madison Country Club on Sept. 15. The women's race begins at 10;30 a.m. with the men's race to follow.
On Sept. 29, DSU women's team heads to Mitchell, S.D. to run in the Dakota Wesleyan Invitational. The Trojan men's will compete in the Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota, in St. Paul, Minn. on the same day.
Dakota State travels to McCook Lake, S.D. to participate in the Briar Cliff Invitational on Oct. 6.
DSU's final regular-season meet is on Oct. 20 as they compete in the Mount Marty Invitational in Yankton, S.D.
The Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference meet will be held in San Marcos, Calif. on Nov. 3. The conference meet is hosted by Cal State University-San Marcos.
The 57th Annual Men's and 32nd Annual Women's Cross Country National Championships is held on Nov. 17. The national meet will be held at the Fort Vancouver Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash.
The times for each meet will be announced on a later date.
Dakota State's cross country is under the guidance of head coach Buzz Stevenson, assisted by Anthony Drealan.
Below is the complete 2012 DSU cross country schedule:
|Date||Meet (Host School)||Location||Time|
|Sept. 15||Herb Blakely Invitational (Dakota State)||Madison, S.D.||10:30 a.m. (Women's)
11:15 a.m. (Men's)
|Sept. 29||Dakota Wesleyan Invitational (Dakota Wesleyan)||Mitchell, S.D.||TBA (Women's)|
|Sept. 29||Roy Griak Invitational (University of Minnesota)||St. Paul, Minn.||TBA (Men's)|
|Oct. 6||Briar Cliff Invitational (Briar Cliff)||McCook Lake, S.D.||TBA (Women's/Men's)|
|Oct. 20||Mount Marty Invitational (Mount Marty)||Yankton, S.D.||TBA (Women's/Men's)|
|Nov. 3||A.I.I. Cross Country Conference Meet (Cal State San Marcos)||San Marcos, Calif.||TBA (Women's/Men's)|
|Nov. 17||NAIA National Cross Country National Championships||Vancouver, Wash.||TBA (Women's/Men's)|
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director