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Cross Country To Race In The Willamette Invitational This Weekend

Sept. 28, 2006

USF men's and women's cross country teams will split this weekend, with some traveling to Oregon for the Willamette Invitational and the others traveling to Palo Alto for the Stanford Invitational, both on Saturday.

For the men, senior Jorge Martinez, juniors Cheyne Inman, Ryan Courtwright, Jacob Marx, and Kenny Sparks, and freshman Micael Smith will run in Willamette. In the large field, USF will be competing against top teams such as the University of Texas, University of Washington, University of Oregon, Portland State and UC Davis.

On the women's side in Willamette, senior Renee Stribling, juniors Jennifer Hartford and Elizabeth Noey, and freshmen Mary Verran, Laurel Kleiber, Alice Hobbs, and Christine Jowaiszas will take to the course. They will compete against top schools like Idaho, Oregon State, San Diego State, and UC Davis.

The race, at McCullah Stadium and Bush Park, will start with the men's 8k at 10:40 AM and the women's 5k at 11:20 AM.

In Palo Alto at the Stanford Invitational, the men's 4k begins at 5:04 PM and the women's 6k starts at 5:22 PM. Both races will be held on the Stanford golf course.

San Francisco Dons Team Notes

- San Francisco earned its first women's title of the season and a third place finish for the men at the Sacramento State Invitational.

- Junior Cheyne Inman remains the top harrier for the men, recording the second best time in the WCC and finishing seventh behind six runners from No. 10 BYU in the state capitol. Inman finished just three seconds out of the top five.

- The women earned the championship by placing six runners in the top-10 in Sacramento. Junior Jennifer Hartford took the individual women's title, while senior Renee Stribling, junior Lucy Miller and sophomores Jennifer Gross and Michelle Born all finished, in order, in fourth through seventh place.

- Along with Inman, juniors Jacob Marx and Kenny Sparks both rank among the top-10 8K times in the WCC.