Women's Harriers Prepare for Willamette Invite

Oct. 3, 2002

EUGENE - The University of Oregon women's cross country squad will make its second appearance of the season and first in the state of Oregon in the Willamette Invitational, Saturday, Oct. 5 in Bush's Pasture Park in Salem.

The Ducks will race in the women's 5K race that starts at noon, and other top teams include Auburn, a Washington 'B' team, Idaho, Portland, Hawaii, CS Fullerton, Santa Clara, and Portland State. A pair of men's 8K races will start at 10 a.m.

The entire 13-woman Duck unit will be on hand, including seniors Erinn Gulbrandsen and Carrie Zografos, juniors Laura Harmon, Eri Macdonald, Magdalena Sandoval and Alicia Snyder-Carlson, sophomore Beth Jackson, redshirt freshman Haripurkh Khalsa, and freshmen Nicole Feest, Chelsea Manesh, Krissy Sonniksen and Sabrina Turner.

The 28th edition of the meet, billed as the largest on the West Coast, will feature over 50 teams and 1,000 participants in the men's and women's races. Overall, 31 ranked Division I, Division II and Division III teams are expected, along with a host of NAIA, junior college and club teams.

Results will be available at the http://run_down.com/bearcats/wu.php and http://www.willamette.edu/athletics web sites.

The Duck women come off a successful debut last weekend in the Roy Griak Invitational, Sept. 27, in St. Paul, Minn. The squad took eighth overall in a field featuring eight, top-30 ranked teams, and edged then-No. 28 Minnesota (11th) and then-No. 27 Arizona (19th). Duck finishers included Zografos (18th, 21:40.8), Sandoval (36th, 22:02.0), Harmon (45th, 22:11.7), Macdonald (61st, 22:28.9), Feest (83rd, 22:53.7), Gulbrandsen (113th, 23:18.9), and Snyder-Carlson (132nd, 23:37.8).

The No. 5 Duck men are schedule to take this weekend off from racing after winning the Roy Griak Invitational last weekend.

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