Cross Country Heads to Eugene, OR for Bill Dellinger Invitational on Friday

Sept. 27, 2006

The men's and women's cross country teams will travel to Eugene, OR for the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Friday as the women's 6k race starts at 5:20 pm, while the men's 8k follows at 6:00 pm.

The race will be held in the Alton Baker Parkway on the famous 'Pre's Trail,' the first collegiate race on that trail since 1998.

'I am really excited to participate in the first annual Bill Dellinger Invitational,' said Cross Country Coach Eric Peterson. 'He was my coach in college and it is an honor for me to bring my team up there and help kick off this inaugural. It's also a great opportunity to reunite with him as well.'

Men's Race
Teams participating in the men's race include - #5 Texas, #7 Portland, #11 BYU, #15 Oregon, #19 Alabama, #29 Butler, #30 American, Cal Poly SLO, Duke, Utah State, Wake Forest and Washington.

Competing this Friday will be senior Henry Hagenbuch, juniors Mike Haddan and Kyle Shackleton, sophomores Laef Barnes and Drew Shackleton, and freshmen Marco Anzures, Alex Crabill, Jake Matthews, Marlon Patterson and Kevin Sullivan.

'We are obviously going up with a commitment as a team to improve upon what we did in Minnesota last weekend,' added Peterson. 'We are working on getting our top five guys to work more as a unit, rather then as five individuals out there running with their own separate race plan. I feel really good about the ability of Kyle, Mike, Laef and Drew to be able to work together as a unit this weekend. With the increasing development of Marlon, Jake, Alex and Henry they will be able to work as a unit and have a much better performance. We want to see how well we stack up against another strong field of runners on Friday.'

Women's Race
Teams participating in the women's race include - #5 BYU, #7 Duke, #8 Arkansas, #21 Washington, #28 Wake Forest, #29 Indiana, #30, Butler, Portland and Utah State.

Heading to Oregon this Friday will be - seniors Ashley Caldwell, Allison Hall and Jenna Timinsky, junior Monika Rothenburger, sophomores Olga Aulet-Leon, Allie Bohannon, Lauren Jirges and Ciara Viehweg, and freshmen Hannah Roeder and Bailey Schutte.

'What we want to do with the women's program is expand on the good teamwork that Ashley, Allie and Jenna demonstrated last weekend in Minnesota,' said Peterson. 'We have a young group of runners behind them that need experience, but are gaining a greater understanding of how much they can impact the team by running as a unit, rather then as an individual. We are specifically looking at Allison, Monika, Lauren, Hannah, Olga, Ciara and Bailey to pack it in and close down the gap between our top runner and our fifth scorer.'

Junior Claire Rethmeier will not make the trip after being hindered by a flare up of plantar fasciitis in her foot. Rethmeier was the Bruins' No. 4 finisher last weekend in Minnesota.

'Claire won't run due to plantar fasciitis that flared up in the Roy Griak race,' noted Peterson. We don't want to jeopardize her season, so we are keeping her home to rest up. We fully expect her back for the next big meet (Pre-NCAA Invite).'

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