Cross Country Splits to Mike Hodges and Pre-Nationals

Oct. 14, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. The Oregon State cross country team will split up this week with seven runners heading to the Pre-Nationals Invitational, hosted by Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind., while the remaining competing runners taking part in the Mike Hodges Invitational, hosted by Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Ore.


The Pre-Nationals will take place on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. PT, while Mike Hodges will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.


The 6,000-meter course in Terre Haute will take place at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, while the 5,000-meter course in Oregon City will be on the Clackamas Community College campus. The course is flat and fast on about 95 percent grass.


Heading to Indiana will be the team’s top runners in juniors Abby Chesimet (Astoria, Ore.), Jennifer Macias (Hermiston, Ore.) and Hannah Soza Hodgkinson (Forest Ranch, Calif.), redshirt sophomore Laura Carlyle (Kelowna, British Columbia), redshirt freshman Olivia Poblacion (Portland, Ore.) and freshmen Erin Jones (Hood River, Ore.) and Sandra Martinez (Yakima, Wash.).


“We are taking our first group ever to Pre-Nationals to give these seven the experience of what a meet of this caliber is all about, not only for this season but also for the future,” head coach Kelly Sullivan said. “If we plan to move to the next level, the entire team of women, even all of the redshirts, need to see the emphasis being there. We’re excited for this young group to be in a meet on the national course with 70-plus other programs.”


Nineteen of this week’s U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 30 teams will be taking part in the race, including seven of the top 10.

At the Mike Hodges Invitational, senior Jenny O’Connor (Newfane, N.Y.), junior Kambria Schumacher (Sweet Home, Ore.), sophomore Cassandra Schumacher (Sweet Home, Ore.) and redshirt freshmen Natosha Buruse (Ridgefield, Wash.), Lorine Cruz (Grants Pass, Ore.) and Emily Olsen (Medford, Ore.) will be competing in uniform. Up to 12 other Oregon State runners will be competing unattached.


“The Mike Hodges Invitational is a great venue for the others not making the trip, as well as the 10-plus of our redshirt that are going to compete unattached,” Sullivan said.


Last season, the Beavers finished third of eight in the field with former runner Michelle Childs posting the top finish in 11th. Macias was close behind in 12th.


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