MANCHESTER, N.H. – Head coach Paul Finn and the Saint Anselm College cross country program have released the men's and women's schedules for the 2016 fall season.
The men and women will compete at the same eight events in the fall. Saint Anselm opens the season by hosting the 35th annual Shacklette Invitational on campus on Sept. 4.
"The men's and women's cross country teams are excited to begin a new year," Finn said. "We start the season at home with the open run at 10, the women's varsity at 11 and the men's varsity at 12. This is an exciting meet with much campus involvement and a cookout at the end."
The Hawks then return to the Smith College Invitational on Sept. 10 and the National Catholic Invitational at Notre Dame on Sept. 16. Last season's National Catholic Invitational included more than 800 runners from 38 schools at the Division I, II and III levels.
"We return to Notre Dame University again this year and are excited to run with the best catholic teams in the country," added Finn.
In late September and the first half of October, Saint Anselm competes at two events, one hosted by Williams College, in the buildup to the Northeast-10 Championships on Oct. 23. Last season, the women finished 11th at the conference meet, while the men were 14th.
The NCAA Division II East Regional will be held on Nov. 5 at Hopkinton Fairgrounds for the second-straight season. Shannon Conley led the women to a 14th-place finish a year ago by collecting her second consecutive all-region honor, while the men placed 25th.
On the men's side, the Hawks return all eight members of last season's roster, led by seniors Brian Stankiewicz and Joe Moran, who each posted a pair of top-50 finishes last season. Conley headlines a group of 10 returners for the women, which also includes all-academic selections Liberty Gendron and Emily Meinertz.
"Our men's team has gone from primarily a freshman team last year to developing some seasoned athletes in both their training and capacity for endurance with speed and their competitive ability to manage the 8k and 10k of college," Finn commented. "The women see the majority of their top athletes return this year and we expect to be very strong as the season progresses. By the championship meet, their maturity and team spirit will carry them further than last year."