Huskies Send Five to USA Cross Country Meet

Feb. 7, 2007

SEATTLE - While their teammates heat up Dempsey Indoor at the Husky Classic on Saturday, four current Husky runners and one Washington prep signee will battle cold and snowy conditions - not to mention the nation's top young distance runners - at the 2007 USA Cross Country Championships in Boulder, Colo.

On the line for the Husky quintet - in addition to the $40,000 awarded to the open race winners - are berths on the U.S. national team at next month's IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, Kenya, which will be awarded to the top-seven finishers in both the junior and open races.

Washington will have three freshmen and one junior in action at the meet, including freshmen Mo Huber (Oakland, Calif./Acalanes) and Riley Booker (San Diego, Calif./University City) in the junior women's 6,000-meter and junior men's 8,000-meter races, respectively, freshman Katie Follett (Fort Collins, Colo./Fort Collins) in the open women's 8,000-meter race and junior Adam Shimer (Edmonds, Wash./Meadowdale) in the open men's 12,000-meter race.

Prep signee Marie Lawrence (Reno, Nev./Reno) - considered by many the nation's top prep female distance runner - will also compete Saturday, joining Huber in the junior women's race.

Washington has an outstanding reputation for sending runners to the world cross country championships, having qualified at least one athlete for the IAAF meet in each of the last five years, and seven of the last 11 overall. Sophomore Anita Campbell, then a freshman, was the UW's lone representative at the world championships in 2006, leading Team Canada to a 10th-place finish in the junior race with a 57th-place individual effort.

Saturday's USA Cross Country Championships include 12 U.S. Olympians and seven former USA Cross Country champions, and will be televised on ESPN2 in association with the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 11, from 10 a.m-12 p.m. PDT.

For more information on the USA Cross Country Championships, visit www.usatf.org.

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