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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Cross Country has announced its competition schedule for the 2017 season. The Purple and White will lace it up for seven races with aspirations to return to the NCAA Division III National Championships.
For the third straight year, Capital will kick off its season with a meet in Westerville, Ohio against arch nemesis Otterbein University. The two rivals will engage in a dual format 6,000-meter race on Sept. 1, marking the start of the season.
Following a week of rest, Capital will return to action on Sept. 16 at the Allegheny Cross Country Classic, hosted by Allegheny College (Pa.). The very next week, the Purple and White will head up the road for a return to Columbus State University-Delaware, where Cap hosted the 2016 OAC Championships. Columbus State will host the Cougar Invitational on Sept. 23 on the same course rising junior Mackenzie Meyers strode to victory a season ago.
The competition heats up as the month of September closes. On Sept. 29, Cedarville University will serve as host to the All-Ohio Championships, where runners from all three divisions across the state of Ohio will compete.
The Crusaders' next meet will be in Wilmington, Ohio where Wilmington College hosts its annual Jenna Strong Invitational. That race will serve as the final regular season meeting before the 2017 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Championship, which will be held at Heidelberg University on Oct. 28.
This year's NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Championship will be hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University on Nov. 11, serving as the final race before the National Championship. The 2017 Division III National Championship is to be hosted by Principia College (Elash, Ill.).
Capital seeks its first top-5 finish at the OAC Championship since 1964 after placing eighth last year under Head Coach Hannah Weiss.