Cross Country Travels to Penn State

  • By Abby Norman
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  • September 07, 2012 06:08 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University cross country team is set for its first road meet of the 2012 season with the team traveling to Penn State for the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. at the PSU Blue and White Golf Course.

This will be the first trip back to the course for the Mountaineers since last October when the team beat two nationally-ranked opponents and took first at the Penn State National meet. WVU took spots 1-2-3 in the meet and finished with six runners in the top 35.

“Penn State will be a great opportunity for the team to get on the course that we will return to in November for the NCAA Regional meet,” coach Sean Cleary says. “Historically, we have not run this meet and instead competed at Penn State in the middle of October. We will use this competition to re-familiarize ourselves for what we will see in November. The ladies have been back in school for three weeks, routines have been set so this is simply an early season opportunity to bring a few more members into the lineup.

“It is still much too early to have a real grip on how good we might become championship time, but we will surely learn a little more about ourselves. New this week will be Sarah Martinelli and Savanna Plombon and I am interested to see how they fit into the lineup.”

Last weekend, the Mountaineers competed in the first ever WVU Alumni Open 4k race. Ten WVU runners competed in pairs with freshman Sydney Scott and redshirt junior Jordan Hamric taking first place with a combined time of 30:32.

Results from the race will be posted on WVUsports.com shortly following the completion of the competition.