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USF Set to Host 2006 San Francisco Cross Country Invitational

Aug. 30, 2006

(San Francisco) - USF cross country hosts the 2006 San Francisco Cross Country Invitational Saturday, September 2 at Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate Park. The event kicks off the women's 5K race starting at 9:30 AM, followed by the men's 5K course at 10:15 AM. The start and finish will be in Speedway Meadow and both events will be spectator friendly.

Last year Arizona captured the men's team title, dispatching 2004 champion Stanford. Obed Montanya led the Wildcats and won the men's event with a time of 24:40.7. The host Dons men's squad posted a solid fourth place finish in a talent-laden field, led by Cheyne Inman 16th place showing at 26:06. Arizona returns for a chance to defend its title and will be joined in the men's race by Cal, San Jose State, Santa Clara and USF.

San Francisco looks to a strong group of returning runners - highlighted by juniors Ryan Courtwright, Cheyne Inman, Jacob Marx, the team's lone senior Jorge Martinez and sophomore Sam Berrin. Freshman Micael Smith and junior college All-American Kenny Sparks will make their Green & Gold debuts.

Stanford's women's team captured its second consecutive race last season and eventually won the program's second national title in three seasons in 2005. Ariana Lambie won the race with a time of 18:16.3 for the Cardinal. USF's women's team posted a fifth place finish, headlined by an 11th place finish from Jennifer Hartford at 18:46.8. Cal, Pacific, San Francisco State, San Jose State, Santa Clara, UC Santa Cruz and USF comprise the women's field this season.

San Francisco looks to senior Renee Stribling and junior Jennifer Hartford for leadership on a young squad. The Dons look forward to the debut of a talented freshman class featuring Jennifer Gross, Christine Jowaiszas, Laurel Kleiber and Mary Verran.

Race results will be posted as soon as they are available on usfdons.com

DIRECTIONS: Speedway Meadow is located in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and is located above 30th avenue off JFK Drive.