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Cross Country: Season Begins in Maryland


By Daniel Whitehead for WVUsports.com
September 01, 2011 11:12 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After a summer of preparation and three weeks of team training, the West Virginia cross country runners begin the 2011 campaign with the Maryland Eastern Shore Lid-Lifter Invitational on Saturday morning in Princess Anne, Md.

With the 5k race slated to begin at 10:45 a.m., the Mountaineers will compete against Norfolk State, Morgan State, Hampton, Delaware State, Navy and host Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). As the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on November 12 will also be hosted by UMES, the course will provide the Mountaineers an opportunity to preview the NCAA-qualifying site.

“This is an opportunity for our entire group to get on the course and familiarize ourselves with what we will see at the NCAA Regionals,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “There will be a few other teams from the region that are looking to do the same thing.”

Running for WVU will be redshirt juniors Aubrey Moskal, Hallie Portner, Chelsea Jarvis and Jordan Hamric as well as redshirt sophomores Sarah Martinelli and Allison Pettit. The Mountaineers last competed at the Lid-Lifter Invitational in 2009, when they finished in second place with 50 points led by senior Karly Hamric finishing second in 18:33.

“We are going into this race with an open mind,” Cleary says. “The ladies that are racing on Saturday have had great training during the offseason. We have yet to do any specific race preparation work, so they will have to be prepared to grind this one out. I expect our fitness to be demonstrated.”

Full results from the event can be found on the UMES Hawks’ official athletic site, www.umeshawks.com.

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