BATON ROUGE - The LSU men's and women's cross country teams begin their 2012 season Saturday when they compete in Vanderbilt's Commodore Classic at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tenn.
The men will run 8,000 meters at 9 a.m. CDT and the women will go 6,000 meters at 9:45 a.m.
This meet will also serve as a preview for the 2012 SEC Cross Country Championship, which will take place at the same course on Oct. 26.
"Our ultimate goal for the season is to run well at the conference meet," said LSU head cross country coach Mark Elliott. "That is why a big part of this weekend is getting to know the course and figuring out what we need to work on to have success there."
The Tigers return lone senior Roger Cooke to lead the men's team.
"I kind of feel like an elder to these guys," Cooke said. "Somebody they can look up to."
"This is my senior season and fifth year on the team," Carleton said. "I think after sitting out last season, I have a deeper appreciation for the sport."
The Tigers will be competing against 24 other schools in the meet, including SEC foes Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
After competing at the Commodore Classic on Saturday, the Tigers and Lady Tigers will return to Baton Rouge for the LSU Invitational on Sept. 22 for their only home meet of the season. The meet will be held at Highland Road Park with the women's 6k beginning at 8:05 a.m. followed by the men's 8k at 9:15 a.m.