JACKSONVILLE – The cross country season gets underway for the Jacksonville State men’s and women’s teams on Friday with the annual Foothills Invitational held at Oxford’s Choccolocco Park.
Unable to host the popular event last season due to Covid-19, the JSU-hosted Foothills Invitational returns to the docket for the 15th running in the last 16 years. It marks the season-opener for both Gamecock programs who are filled with new faces for the upcoming campaign.
JSU’s men’s team bolsters eighth newcomers on its 11-man lineup, while the women’s roster feature four addition first-year Gamecocks to round out a more veteran team with returners Libba Shepperd, Elizabeth Wetmore and Sarah Jaloma.
Being the opening meet of the season, the meet will run as a 4k for the women and a 5K for the men. The newly reconfigured course features two main loops for the women, and one main loop followed by additional infield routes during the second lap for the men.
The meet starts with the women’s 4K at 6:00 from Oxford, Ala., venue, followed by the men’s 5K race at approximately 6:45.
Teams registered for the 2021 Foothills Invitational presented by Mellow Mushroom include: Auburn, Troy, North Alabama, Chattanooga, West Georgia, Alabama State and more. Fans are welcome to attend, with ample parking available at the back of Choccolocco Park just a short walk from the team areas and finish line.
Results will be sent to competing schools and posted on JSUGamecockSports.com following the meet. Live results will be available on the online schedule or by clicking here. For a preview of the reconfigured course, a virtual tour is also available.
Following Friday’s collegiate competition, the JSU program will turn around and welcome a collection of high school teams to run in the inaugural high school Foothills Invitational sponsored by Mellow Mushroom. Meet information and live results for Saturday’s meet can be found here and at JSUGamecockSports.com.