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Cross Country to Compete at Bronco Invite

Oct. 9, 2006

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This Week in Cross Country: The Saint Mary's cross country team will look to continue its strong season this weekend at the Bronco Invite. This invitational will be the final competition before the West Coast Conference Championships. The race is set to take place on Saturday, October 14 from Baylands Park, CA. The men's squad will compete in their 8K race at 9:30 a.m. The women will begin their 5K race at 10:15 a.m.

Scouting the Course: The Bronco Invite has historically been a fast course, comprised mostly of low cut grass and hard packed dirt paths. Several Gaels have posted personal best times at the Bronco Invite in years past. Look for the improving Gael harriers to further enhance their times in this final tune-up before the WCC Championships.

Scouting the Competition: The Gaels will have one final chance to compete against the University of San Francisco and invitational host Santa Clara before the WCC Championships. This will be a good chance for the Gaels to gauge the completion they will see at the WCC Championships. Other competitors include the Aggies of UC Davis and the Aztecs of San Diego State.

Gaels Dash into Record Books: The Gaels are coming off of a strong week at the Gator Invite. Junior Karrie Hagedorn medaled, finishing fourth of a field of 84. Freshman Haley Hunsaker had another strong showing in her first collegiate 6K race. Both Hagedorn (23:23) and Hunsaker (24:41) ran their way into the Gael record books as the seventh and 12th fastest 6K times, respectively.

Who's Hot: Junior Alex Nabors placed second for Saint Mary's this week with a time of 29:17. This time marks another personal best set by a Gael this season. Nabors shaved four seconds off of his previous personal best. He looks to have another strong showing this week at the Bronco Invitational, where he set his previous personal best.

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.

Looking Ahead: After this weekends race in Santa Clara, Saint Mary's will take a week off in order to prepare for the West Coast Conference Championships. The WCC Championships will take place on Saturday, October 28 from Crystal Springs, CA.