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WHITTIER, Calif. - While official team practice doesn't begin until August 24, the men's and women's cross country teams are already logging summer mileage crucial to success in the sport. Tradition will find the Poet endurance runners working hard at an altitude training camp in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., until Cal State Fullerton's Mark Covert Invitational on September 2. Biola's Invitational (September 9) and UC Riverside's fast, flat course (September 16) will follow; all early meets purposed toward preparing for peak performances in November.
Friday, September 29 is the first meet of significance as the Poets will race all eight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponents. The multi‐dual scored competition will be contested at La Mirada Regional Park. On October 14, a NCAA regional preview meet will be hosted on the oak laden trails of Pomona College's campus course followed by SCIAC Championships at Prado Park, Chino Hills, on October 28. The Poet harriers will return to the Pomona course for the first of two NCAA Championship meets on November
11. The following week is travel to the NCAA finals, hosted by Principia College, Illinois. Head
Coach Greg Phillips has seen 55 National Championship appearances by Poet student‐athletes during his tenure and anticipates that number will increase come November 18 in Illinois, the conclusion of the 2017 cross country season.