VERMILLION — Early looks at the Summit League Championships and NCAA Midwest Regional courses along with a pair of regional meets highlight the 2019 South Dakota cross country slate announced Tuesday by USD head coach Dan Fitzsimmons.
The Coyotes open the year with North Dakota State’s Bison Open on Aug. 30 in Fargo, North Dakota. It will serve as an early look of the Summit League Championships course later in the year. South Dakota returns to the Bison Open for the first time since 2015.
South Dakota races under the lights the following week, Sept. 6, at the Augustana Twilight held at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. USD’s women have won the meet four out of the last five years.
USD heads back to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the Woody Greeno Invitational on Sept. 21. The Coyote women have taken home the gold at the Big Ten meet two out of the past three years.
The Coyotes will make their debut appearance at the OSU Cowboy Jamboree on Oct. 5 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. It will give USD its first look at the OSU Cross Country Course ahead of the NCAA Midwest Regional.
The regular season will wrap up on Oct. 18 as South Dakota returns to the Bradley Pink Classic in Peoria, Illinois. The Coyote women finished runner-up at the meet a year ago.
South Dakota’s women look for their sixth consecutive Summit League title on Nov. 2. The meet returns to Rose Creek Course in Fargo, the site where the Coyotes’ streak began in 2014.
The Coyotes toe the line for the NCAA Midwest Regional in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Nov. 15. Should either the men or women finish in the top two at that meet or receive a wildcard bid, they would advance to the 2019 NCAA Championships held at LaVern Gibson Course in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Nov. 23.