Hartsville, S.C. - The Coker College Athletic Department released the 2009 schedule for the men’s and women’s cross country teams this week.

The Cobras are looking to have a successful season, in Coach Keith Solverson’s first full year. Solverson joined the Cobras after their first meet of the season last year. Coach Solverson and the Cobras are looking to return to the top of the Conference Carolinas standings this season.

The road to the top will not be easy for Coach Solverson and the Cobra runners; they will compete in six meets throughout the southeast. They will open their 2009 season on August 28, when they travel to Columbia, S.C. for the Gamecock Invitational; a meet they have historically done well at, with the women winning the event in 2007 and placing third in 2008, while the men placed second in 2007.

After the Gamecock Invitational the cross country teams will head to North Carolina for a pair of meets; the UNC-Pembroke Invitational on September 5 and the NCAA Southeast Pre-Region Meet at Wingate University on September 12. Then the Cobras will have nearly a month off before competing in the South Carolina Intercollegiate State Cross Country Championships on October 10, followed by the Conference Carolinas Championships on October 23.

To finish out their season the Cobra runners will compete in the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships at Wingate on November 7 and hopefully they will qualify to advance to the NCAA National Championships on November 21 in Evansville, Indiana.

Coach Solverson has high expectations for the 2009 season with the return of several runners from last season; including three runners on the men’s team and seven on the women’s team that include All-Conference performers Kendyl Seawright and Michael Murphy.