Cross Country Well-Rested for Pre-National Invitational This Weekend
Oct. 18, 2013
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“My goal for the team this weekend is to really get a good feel for the depth of the women’s team,” said head coach Dan Lee. “We’re really trying to figure out who’s going to fill those 5-6-7-8-9 spots at the back end of the lineup. This is the most depth we’ve ever had, so figuring out who will fill those last spots is crucial heading into the C-USA Championships.
“For the guys, it’s another opportunity for them to get used to that 8K distance. We’ve only done a couple of 8K’s, and for some of the freshmen and middle-distance runners, it’s a big transition for them.”
The site of competition is also the location of the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships, which will be held Nov. 23.
“It’s always important to preview courses that are for important championships,” Lee stated. “Knowing the terrain is important, and while it’s not as important as being in shape, knowing which route you’re going to run and knowing where the hard parts of the course are is helpful so our runners can dole out their energy effectively during the race.”
Runners representing 75 men’s and 86 women’s teams from around the country will compete at the meet, which will include three men’s 8K races and three women’s 6K races. East Carolina will line up for the 8K men’s white race at 12:15 p.m., before the 6K women’s white race starts at 12:55 p.m.
Last time out, the Pirates competed at the 40th annual Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. The men’s team turned in a 10th-place finish out of 46 teams entered in the 8K brown race, which was led by redshirt junior Chase Miller who finished eighth overall with a time of 25:38. On the women’s side, redshirt senior Brooke Kott ran personal best in the 6K gold race with a 22:01 mark.