NC State Cross Country Travels to Wisconsin
Oct. 11, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State men's and women's cross country teams will travel north to Madison, Wisc., this weekend and compete in the fourth-annual Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Friday, Oct. 12. The starting gun for the women's race will trigger at 1 p.m., while the men are scheduled for a 1:40 p.m. start. Both races will be held on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.
The men will run an 8K course, while the women will take a small step up from the typical 5K and compete in the 6K run.
"The change from 5K to 6K isn't really significant," said women's head coach Laurie Henes. "Our younger female athletes have been running so much faster than they're used to running at 5K that I don't see it being much of a transition for them to six [kilometers], particularly with the way we train. Our training is very strength-oriented, and the move up to 6K should help all of our athletes."
The men's field will consist of 46 total teams and feature 19 of the nations top 30 teams according to the latest USTFCCCA national poll, including event host and top-ranked Wisconsin. The women's race will be equally competitive, as the field will be comprised of 49 different teams, and 20 of the country's top 30 teams.
"This is a much larger field than [at] Notre Dame, so really we're looking for a similar type of thing," Henes said. "Three of them are new to this type of situation - Sammy George, Kaitlyn Kramer and Sheridan Jordan - so this is kind of a dress rehearsal for regionals and hopefully nationals down the road, and learning how to work their way up in a field as large as the field at Wisconsin will be."
Just two weeks ago at the Notre Dame Invitational, the Wolfpack women finished in fourth place with 148 points, just one point shy of third, while the men finished in 10th place with 237 points.
Several other Wolfpack runners will travel to Boone, N.C., for the Blue Ridge Invitational, which is scheduled to begin with the women's 5K at 3 p.m., followed by the men's 8K at 3:45 p.m.