Cross Country Teams to Compete at Pre-NCAA Meet

Oct. 15, 2002

Pre-NCAA Invitational Cross Country MeetLaVerne Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Terre Haute, Ind.Saturday, October 19, 200211:00 a.m.CT  Women's 6,000m race12:50 p.m.CT  Men's 8,000m race

THIS WEEK: The Washington State University men's and women's cross country teams will be traveling to Terre Haute Indiana, this week, for the Pre-NCAA Invitational, held on the LaVerne Gibson Championship Course at the Wabash Valley Family Fun Center...both the women's and men's races will be split up into two separate races by taking teams by rank and alternate between the two races per gender...women's 6,000 meter races will begin at 11:00 and 11:35's 8,000 meter races will start at 12:10 and 12:50 CT...92 women's and 95 men's teams from around the country use this competition to gain points used for possible NCAA Championship at-large berths.

Cougar Head Coach Jason Drake about the Pre-NCAA Meet: 'We can use this meet to help us score some points against some teams from outside of our region for an at large bid at the end of the season. The good teams are there to get a look at other teams before the NCAA meet and the small teams are there to try and score some points to help their chances for an at large bid. It will be a good chance for our top runners to get a look at what the competition at the NCAA Championships will be.'

Coach Drake about the Cougar women: 'This will be an opportunity for Anna Blue to get some experience against some top runners. The other women are still about a year away from being ready to run this type of meet. It makes the Pac-10's seem like a relatively small meet.'

Coach Drake about the Cougar men: 'We really need our fourth and fifth guys to move up. Between Mike Heidt, Reid Carrell, and Justin Ireland one of them needs to step up and be a little more competitive. Its good for Danny Wolf to get some more experience running in these big races now that he's fit. Wolf is a pretty driven guy who always works hard and wants to do well. He's like a dog on a leash (when training) and he keeps testing the limits of the leash until he is forced to stop.'

NEXT WEEK: The Cougars travel to Pasadena, California, for the Pac-10 Championships, hosted by UCLA, Sat., Nov. begins at 10:30 a.m.

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