Cross Country to Run in Final Regular Season Meet
Herd competes at VertCross Invitational
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—The Marshall cross country teams will run in its final regular season meet on Friday, Oct. 12 at the VertCross Invitational in Kernersville, North Carolina. The meet is hosted by High Point University.
The women will run first at 4 p.m. ET in the team’s first 6K of the season. The men run in an 8K and will begin at approximately 4:45 p.m.
The meet will include 17 schools. Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, and East Tennessee State are among the teams Marshall will compete against in North Carolina. The Herd will not see any Conference USA opposition Friday which it will see in two weeks at the Conference USA Championships hosted by Southern Miss.
A season ago at the VertCross Invitational, the Herd impressed with top-10 team placings for both the men and women. The men finished seventh out of 22 teams, while the women finished eighth out of 19 schools. Junior Adriana Cook had the highest individual finish in seventh place with a time of 21:37.50 in the 6K.
The meet is the first for the Herd since it competed at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana on September 29. Because the VertCross Invitational is a smaller meet, more entries per team are allowed, allowing Marshall to bring more than seven runners per race.
At the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational, the Herd had 11 of 14 runners run faster times than at the team’s previous meet in Nashville, Tennessee. Junior Daniel Green had the best individual performance, running a five-mile personal record of 25:10.3 in a 16th place finish out of 162 runners.
Assistant Coach Caleb Bowen on Friday’s meet
“This should be a fun meet. I expect both teams to be very competitive against the fields that we are racing against. Being a smaller meet we will have a great opportunity to place very well and ultimately we will gain some confidence going into the conference meet.”
Bowen on the men’s side
“From the men’s team I need the top-three to make a statement. They are the fittest they have ever been and we just need to take advantage of this opportunity and race to our potential. We also need our number four and five runners to cut the gap. If they run like they have in practice, they should have a great race.”
Bowen on the women’s team
“It’s similar on the women’s side as well. This is a meet that won’t be nearly as daunting as Notre Dame or Vanderbilt but we are still racing against excellent competition so this is a great chance for our top three to place really well and then for our four and five to make a statement for themselves. Being a 6K, it will be more of a test but I believe that we are prepared for it. All of our workouts are geared for the 6K so if they will trust in their training and themselves they will compete really well.”
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