MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Eager to resume the 2011 season, the No. 19 West Virginia cross country team will compete in its second race of the year at the Inter-Regional Bubble Buster in Toledo, Ohio, on Friday, Sept. 23.
The 4k race is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. and will take place at Toledo’s Ottawa Park. The event marks the first visit the Mountaineers have made to the competition. WVU will face the likes of No. 29 Toledo, Arkansas, Baylor, Columbia, Eastern Michigan, Ohio State and San Francisco.
“The competition will be as hard as we have faced this early in the season since I began coaching at WVU,” says coach Sean Cleary. “Over the last few years, six of these programs have lined up at nationals. This is the first weekend that teams are putting the season on the line with at-large points at stake. We are in great need of more meets exactly like this with teams from six regions coming together to flat out race.”
Several WVU runners will see their first action of the season as 2010 NCAA Championship participants Kaitlyn Gillespie and Sarah-Anne Brault will run, as well as 2010 redshirts Kaylyn Christopher, Kate Harrison and Stephanie Aldea. Participants from the Lid-Lifter Invitational three weeks ago also set to compete Friday are Aubrey Moskal, Hallie Portner, Jordan Hamric, Sarah Martinelli, Chelsea Jarvis and Allison Pettit.
“I am told that the course is in great condition, slightly rolling and very fast,” Cleary says. “We are excited to run somewhere new. We hope to learn a little more about what sort of team we have this year. We are running the vast majority of our group and should emerge with answers as to what we still might need to accomplish in training for the remainder of the year.”
Results from the race will be posted on DeltaTiming.com
, or at MSNsportsNET.com.