July 15, 2011

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist Athletics Department released the 2011 cross country schedule on Friday. Pete Colaizzo, the director of cross country and track and field, will lead the Red Foxes through a 10-meet fall schedule that begins with the Marist Invitational at Bowdoin Park.

Marist hosts its season opening meet in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, Sept. 3 as they welcome Saint Peter's, Fairfield and Manhattanville. The Red Foxes are the three-time defending champions of the Marist Season Opener/Invitational.

Two weeks later, Marist begins a string of meets on five consecutive weekends as a limited squad of Red Foxes will be in action in New Rochelle, N.Y. at the Iona Meet of Champions on Saturday, Sept. 17. The full team heads to New Britain, Conn. on Saturday, Sept. 24 as they compete in the Central Connecticut Invitational. Six days later, a limited squad travels to race in the Paul Short Run at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. on Friday, Sept. 30.

October competition kicks off the Red Foxes competing in the Metropolitan Championships at Van Cortlandt Park on Friday, Oct. 7. The following weekend, the squad splits as a limited number of runners will compete at the Penn State National Meet on Friday, Oct. 14, while the others will run at the UAlbany Invitational on Oct. 15.

After a week off, Marist begins its final stretch of events which includes two championships and the NCAA Regionals. A year after the men's squad finished second and the women fourth, the Red Foxes will compete at the MAAC Championships on Friday, Oct. 28. The NCAA Regional meet will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12 for those athletes who will have previously qualified. The squad's fall schedule concludes at the IC4A/ECAC Championships on Saturday, Nov. 19.

Both the MAAC and ECAC meets will be hosted at Van Cortlandt Park.

"We are looking forward to the challenges of our schedule, which are similar to what we encountered last fall" said Colaizzo, who enters his 21st season at the helm of the cross country program. "Our athletes have been working hard building their mileage throughout the summer, and we are eager to have them back for preseason at the end of August."