The Thunderbirds will open the year on Aug. 29 at Idaho State, a course that is shorter than what the team will face during the rest of the year, and will provide an early conditioning test. SUU will then split for the first of two occasions with meets at UC Riverside and Utah Valley on Sept. 13.
A meet at UNLV on Sept. 20 will proceed back-to-back national races at the Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota, on Sept. 27 and the Notre Dame XC Invitational in South Bend, Ind. on Oct. 3. Southern Utah will also host the Color Country Invitational on Oct. 3, providing a glimpse of its future talent for the hometown fans.
The Thunderbirds will face another nationally packed competition at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet on Oct. 18 in Terre Haute, Ind. where the team will compete on the same course as the national championships in November.
The month of November will kick-off with the Big Sky Championships in Grand Forks, N.D. on Nov. 1 and will be followed by the NCAA Mountain Regionals in Albuquerque, N.M. on Nov. 14. The Thunderbirds will then look to send a team or individuals to the NCAA National Championships for the fourth consecutive year with that race slated for Nov. 22 back in Terre Haute.
"This 2014 squad will be one of the strongest teams we have had here at SUU," head coach Eric Houle said. "We are expecting some great things this season and will give the No. 2-ranked team (Northern Arizona) in the nation a significant challenge."
8/29 - at Idaho State
9/13 - at UVU Invitational
9/13 - at UC Riverside
9/20 - at UNLV Invitational
9/27 - at Roy Griak Invitational
10/3 - at Notre Dame XC Invitational
10/3 - Color Country Invitational
10/18 - at NCAA Pre-Nationals
11/1 - at Big Sky Championships
11/14 - at NCAA Mountain Regionals
11/22 - at NCAA National Championships