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July 9, 2012TUSCALOOSA | The University of Alabama cross country team will stage a pair of home meets on its 2012 schedule, announced Monday by coach Dan Waters.
The Crimson Tide's 2012 schedule features seven competitions, highlighted by the Crimson Tide Cross Country Kick-Off on Sept. 1 and the annual Crimson Classic on Oct. 13.
"We're excited about our 2012 schedule and the opportunity to race twice at home on the Harry Pritchett course," Waters said. "The Crimson Classic will be everyone's final tune up for the SEC Championships and should make a for a great race with everyone competing at a high level."
The Sept. 1 meet will feature a 6-kilometer men's race and a 3-kilometer women's race. Two weeks later, the team will compete at the Commodore Classic in Nashville, Tenn., and get the opportunity to race on the same course where the Southeastern Conference championships will be contested.
Alabama will close out September with its first national competition of the season at the Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 28 before returning to Tuscaloosa to host the Crimson Classic on Oct. 13. The annual event gets under way at 8:30 a.m. with the 8-kilometer men's race, followed by the 5-kilometer women's race. Four high school races will follow the collegiate competition.
The championship portion of Alabama's schedule will begin Oct. 27 with the SEC Championships, hosted by Vanderbilt. The conference championship is followed by the NCAA South Regional on Nov. 9 in Tallahassee, Fla., and the Nov. 17 NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky.