Oct. 15, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The University of Louisville cross country program fresh off a week hiatus is back in action on Saturday as they compete in the Pre-Nationals hosted by Indiana State University at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind.
"We've had a good week of practice and both our teams should be ready to go this weekend," said U of L head coach Brice Allen.
The competition heats up beginning with the men's blue race at 11:00 a.m. ET, followed by the men's 8,000-meter white race featuring the Cards against a field of 34 other teams, including 10 teams ranked in the week's USTFCCCA Top 30. That race will be followed by the women's 5,000-meter blue race in which Louisville will compete in at 12:20 p.m. against 36 other squads, including eight nationally ranked teams. The day's events will come to an end with the women's white race at 12:55 p.m., the men's open race at 1:30 p.m., and the women's open race at 2:10 p.m.
The men's white race field is stacked with the likes of no. 1 Stanford, no. 4 Colorado, no. 6 BYU, no. 8 Portland, no. 12 Iona, no. 18 Iowa State, no. 19 Arizona State, no. 21 New Mexico, no. 28 Florida State and no. 30 Minnesota.
In the women's blue race, the field will see national powers no. 4 Oregon, no. 6 Stanford, no. 7 Iowa State, no. 11 Florida State, no. 13 Georgetown, no. 19 Colorado, no. 24 Michigan State and no. 29 Iowa. Also competing in the women's blue race is Western Kentucky, who features the Greater Louisville Classic women's champion, Janet Jesang.
The Cardinal men come into the competition fresh off their win at the Greater Louisville Classic on Oct. 3. They were led by junior Matt Bruce and redshirt senior Cory Thorne who finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the field of 334. On the women's side, the Cards took third overall as senior Tarah McKay earned her third consecutive runner-up finish in the field of 291 to set the pace. The eighth annual GLC featured 76 teams competing from 16 different states, making it the largest collegiate cross country meet ever contested in the South.
Up next for the Cards will take a week off from competition before heading to the BIG EAST Championships on Oct. 31 in Kenosha, Wisc.
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