Loaded Fields Await in Wisconsin
EUGENE, Ore. – Three weeks removed from their last meet, the Oregon cross country teams are off to Madison, Wis., for the Nuttycombe Invitational. Between the men's and women's races, 37 teams from the most recent USTFCCCA national top-30 rankings are scheduled to compete Friday.
The women's 6K will go off at 10:20 a.m. (PT) with the men's 8K to follow at 11 a.m. The Nuttycombe Invitational will be streamed live on RunnerSpace.
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Nuttycombe Invitational (Madison, Wis.)
Women's 6K – 10:20 a.m. | Men's 8K – 11 a.m.
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The Women of Oregon were receiving votes in the Oct. 5 release of the USTFCCCA poll and will face a field that includes 19 top-30 teams including six inside the top 10. The UO women will also see familiar opposition in the four of four other Pac-12 teams—Oregon State, Stanford, Washington, Washington State—in Madison.
Izzy Thornton-Bott is set to make her official UO debut after running—and winning—at the Dellinger Invitational (Sept. 23) as an unattached entry. Oregon is also set to welcome Aneta Konieczek back to the lineup in her season debut. Konieczek, the school-record holder in the steeplechase, is coming off her standout summer that included a trip to the Olympics representing her native Poland.
Alessia Zarbo, first across the line for the Ducks' scoring line up at the Dellinger meet, has a win under her belt this season at the Lewis & Clark Opener (Sept. 1) in Lake Oswego.
The Men of Oregon head into Friday's race having won their last outing, a 55-62 win over Gonzaga at Dellinger. Cooper Teare and UO newcomer Aaron Bienenfeld finished 1-2 with Abdinasir Hussein (11th) and Reed Brown (16th) turning in top-20 efforts on the UO home course.
The UO men are one of 18 top-30 teams scheduled to compete in Friday's race and one of the five top-10 teams in the race along with No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 6 Iowa State and 10th-ranked Furman.
Up Next: The 2021 postseason begins Friday, Oct. 29, with the Pac-12 Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference meet will be aired and streamed live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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