COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina cross country team closes out its regular season schedule on Sunday in the challenging Indiana State Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.
The women's 6K Blue Race is scheduled to begin at 11:40 a.m. on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.
BREAKING DOWN THE FIELD Sunday's meet will be the most challenging meet of the Gamecocks' regular season schedule. The meet features four nationally ranked teams and 29 regionally ranked teams in the field of 40 teams. More than 400 runners will be competing in the race. The strength of the field is very similar to the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational, where the Gamecocks competed against eight nationally ranked and 18 regionally ranked squads in a field of 26 teams earlier this season. Below is a list of teams competing on Sunday.
College of Charleston
New Mexico State
LESS THAN FULL STRENGTH The Gamecocks could be without three of their top seven runners on Sunday. Sophomores Scola Jepngetich and Liz Locke and freshman Meredith Mill could all miss Sunday's meet due to injury or illness. The three runners hope to be back to 100 percent health in time for the SEC Championships on Oct. 31 in Knoxville, Tenn.
THE COURSE The LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center will be one of the most challenging courses the Gamecocks have competed on this season. The 6K course is the site of the 2011 NCAA Championships. The course has hosted the last eight NCAA Championships and nine out of the last 10. For a map of the course, click here.