Graduated senior Anthony Brown won the race in 2013
Kelly Gorham

Cross Country to Open at Idaho State

August 28, 2014
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University cross country will open its 2014 season this weekend when the Thunderbirds travel to Idaho State. The course has become a tradition for  SUU with the team opening against the Bengals for more than nine seasons.

The opening meet will provide new faces on the program to show their mettle as the Thunderbirds will travel with a young team. Southern Utah’s men include four new members that will join with the returning seven. The women have even greater turnover with six returners set to join six newcomers.

“We are excited to get started and begin to race with some of the top teams in this country,” head coach Eric Houle said of the weekend. “With the returning of most of the squad from last year and the new addition we hope to be a major contender at the conference, regional, and national levels.

“This first meet at Idaho State is to give the new athletes and others an opportunity to race,” he continued. “The bulk of the team will stay home and train through the week in order to get ready for Riverside and Minnesota .”

The meet on Saturday is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include a 6k course for the men and a 3k course for the women.

Preseason Poll

CEDAR CITY, Utah – The Southern Utah University cross country teams have been selected second on the men’s side and fifth among the women according to the Big Sky Conference coaches preseason poll. The Thunderbird men finished as the runner up at last year’s Big Sky Championship before going on to a seventh-place performance at the Mountain Regional. The SUU women posted a fifth-place finish at conference and 12th in the region.

Last Time at Idaho State

POCATELLO, Idaho – Aug. 30, 2013 – Senior Anthony Brown and sophomore Aubrey Bryson led the Thunderbirds with first-place individual finishes as Southern Utah opened the season at Idaho State. The men’s squad triumphed over the Bengals with a team score of 24 points over ISU’s 31 points, while Southern Utah’s women lost by one point, scoring 28 to the Bengals’ 27.