Cross Country: Set for Penn State National


By Daniel Whitehead for WVUsports.com
October 12, 2011 12:45 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In preparation for the championship portion of the season, the No. 19 West Virginia cross country team will compete at the Penn State National in University Park, Pa., on Friday, Oct. 14.

The Mountaineers’ first 6k race of the year is set to begin at 11 a.m. and will take place at the PSU Blue and White Golf Course. WVU will face several traditionally strong programs at the event, including the host No. 20 Nittany Lions, No. 26 Duke and Connecticut.

“The meet will comprise of upwards of 40 universities, including UConn, Duke and Penn State,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “I look at all three of those teams as looking to find themselves at the NCAA Championship next month. We all will be looking at this meet as an opportunity to gain an at-large selection into the finals.”

Last year, the Mountaineers came in sixth place at the event with 205 points, led by sophomore Sarah-Anne Brault, who finished in 11th place in 21:05. Kaitlyn Gillespie followed closely behind in 17th place, while Ahna Lewis came in 36th. Then-No.1 Villanova and No. 8 Syracuse led the field for the top team placements.

WVU will race the majority of its roster on Friday to solidify starting positions to compete at the BIG EAST Championship in two weeks.

“We are going to a course that we know quite well,” Cleary says. “Our No. 1 goal for the weekend is to run our best race of the season throughout the entire group. Training has been progressing well and we are excited to test ourselves. As the last race before the BIG EAST, we want it to be a good one.”

Results from the race will be posted on MSNsportsNET.com and at runhigh.com. Updates will occur throughout the competition via Twitter @PennStTFXC.

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