(Coach Ed Schlichter took third in the 2004 Charlotte Relay)
The largest meet prior to this year was last year’s Bojangles Invitational that hosted nine teams and the 2008 Atlantic 10 Championship with 14 squads running. In the inaugural year of the Charlotte Invitational only four teams competed with Charlotte taking home both the men’s and women’s title. In the years of the Charlotte Relays the largest field six was eight teams in 2003 with most years featuring three-to-five teams.
With 41 other cross country meets getting underway this weekend, Charlotte will be one of the top spots for premier running as the 49ers look to protect their home course and sweep the competition.