Gamecock Cross Country Heads To Princeton For Final Tune-Up
Oct. 15, 2009
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina cross country team returns to action Saturday for the first time in two weeks when Coach Stan Rosenthal's team heads to the Princeton Invitational for the final tune-up before the SEC Championships. The race is scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m. at West Windsor Field.
Hosted by No. 5 Princeton, the meet will be the first and only 6K race the Gamecocks get before the conference championships, due partly to the cancellation of the Mississippi Invitational last month. The race as Ole Miss was also a scheduled 6K race and would have given South Carolina a look at the SEC Championship course before rain forced the cancellation.
The Gamecocks will face plenty of stiff competition in addition to the nationally ranked host Tigers. Columbia University, ranked fifth in the Northeast Region, is receiving votes in the national poll as well. Other teams competing include Farleigh Dickinson, Haverford, Iona, Penn, Pittsburgh, Monmouth, New Jersey Institute of Technology, regionally ranked St. Joseph's and UMBC.
"We're trying to get that distance to get ready for the conference meet," Rosenthal said. "It's supposed to be a fairly flat course on what was a Revolutionary War battlefield. It's going to be a good meet. There are five people that run in the 17's, including Dani and Beatrice. Another eight runners are under 18:10 and then 20 more under 18:30. So it's good competition. Our goal is to try to win and certainly do our best. Being in the top two or three with this competition will be great. Everyone's healthy so hopefully it will stay that way. We've had very good practices in the rain. We've been improving our practices week to week, so we should be improving our races week to week."
SOUTH CAROLINA RANKED IN THE REGION
PROJECTED TOP FIVE GAMECOCK RUNNERS
RUNNING THE 6K
LAST TIME OUT