"I am excited about the race this weekend," said head USF cross country coach Mark Heider. "We've had the best season of training from any team I've coached, and I'm interested to see how our athletes perform tomorrow morning."
Competing teams include five institutions in the NCAA D-II transitional process: Black Hills State, Lindenwood University, Minot State, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and USF. The Iowa Central Community College men's squad and the University of Nebraska-Omaha women's team rounds out the field.
The top-15 finishers in each race will receive USF Championship t-shirts.
"This is the last meet before we compete as a full-fledged member of the NCAA D-II and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, so we will use this as an opportunity to prepare for next year," Heider added. "We're looking forward to being part of a high-quality distance conference next year."