EDWARDSVILLE – SIUE men's and women's cross country open their home season Friday with the SIUE Cross Country Challenge.
SIUE welcomes Blackburn, Fontbonne, McKendree, Missouri Valley, and Quincy to Edwardsville for the race.
"We love our home course," said head coach Eileen McAllister. "It's an outstanding facility and one of the best in the country. We're excited to showcase it and race at home."
The men will compete in an 8K race and the women will compete in a 5K race.
"We're emphasizing staying close, not letting anyone in our pack, and staying connected with each other," said McAllister.
The men's race begins at 5:30 p.m. and the women's race begins at 6:15 p.m.