Sept. 25, 2006
This Week in Cross Country: The Saint Mary's men's and women's cross country teams travel to Willamette, OR this week to compete in the Willamette Invitational. The invitational will be held on Saturday, September 30 from McCulloch Stadium and Bush Park. The men are scheduled to race at 10:40 a.m. and the women are set to begin at 11:20 a.m.
Scouting the Competition: The Gaels will face off against two nationally ranked teams in Saturday's race. Oregon University will enter the race with a No. 15 ranking. Oregon is ranked third in the Pac-10 conference, behind Stanford and Arizona. The Gaels will also compete against West Coast Conference rival Portland University. Portland enters the race ranked seventh in the nation. Portland's men's team has won the WCC championships for the past 27 years. The Women's team has won conference for the past four years.
Who's Hot: Junior Karrie Hagedorn has come out on fire for the Gaels. Hagedorn has not only led the Gaels in their first two races, but has set a personal best time in each. Hagedorn looks to continue her streak of best times this weekend when she returns to her home-state of Oregon to compete in the Willamette Invitational.
A Look at SMC Head Coach Randy Rau: Randy Rau enters his eighth season as the head men's and women's cross country coach. In his first season at the helm he was named WCC Coach of the Year. Under his tutelage, runners have earned four All-WCC selections, a Freshman of the Year honoree and five honorable mention accolades. Individually, both the men and women's school records have been shattered. Members of his men's team have posted 29 of the 30 fastest times in the history of the program.
What's Ahead: After travels to Southern California and the Pacific Northwest the Gaels will return to the Bay Area for their remaining races. Saint Mary's will compete at the San Francisco State Invite on Saturday, October 7 and the Bronco Invitational on Saturday, October 14.