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Athletes prepare for start of cross country season in Huntsville

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2021 Southern Showcase

People celebrate the 2021 Southern Showcase.

With fall just over a week away, a new season of cross country is about to start. 

The first events of the season, the North Alabama Showcase and the Southern Showcase, will take place at the John Hunt Cross Country Course on Friday and Saturday. 

The North Alabama Showcase will begin 7:30 a.m. Friday. Collegiate athletes from more than a dozen schools will compete at the event, which is planned by the University of North Alabama.

John Hunt Cross Country Course's reputation is bringing more universities to compete each year, with 12 regionally ranked teams participating in 2022.

"This is truly a coast-to-coast, known venue, and we have teams from all over the South, along with a few teams from the Midwest and Texas, coming," UNA Head Cross Country Coach Jeremy Provence said. 

High school students will then compete in the Southern Showcase, starting 3 p.m. Friday and continues 8:20 a.m. Saturday morning. 

The showcase is presented by Huntsville High School and will feature a record number of athletes this year. 

"We have reached a new high team total this year with over 140 teams registered and 10 states represented,” Huntsville High Cross Country Head Coach Blake Borden said. 

According to the Huntsville Sports Commission, the two showcases will bring a combined economic impact of $1.4 million to the city of Huntsville. 

Both events are free to attend, though parking is $5. 

For more information about sporting events in Huntsville, click here

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