Marshall Cross Country Prepares For Conference USA Championships|
Oct. 27, 2016
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—The Marshall Cross Country teams travel Friday to Charlotte, North Carolina for the Conference USA Cross Country Championships, hosted by Charlotte.
Fans can follow the links above for live results, as well as follow the team to North Carolina on Twitter (@HerdTFXC) and on the Marshall Athletics Snapchat (@HerdZone) for live pictures, videos, and more from the trip.
RACE FORMAT AND INFORMATION
The meet, taking place in nearby Concord, N.C., begins at 9 a.m. ET for the women’s race, which is a 5K, followed by the men’s race at 10 a.m. ET, which is an 8K.
There will be three all-conference teams determined at the championship meet. The first seven (1-7) finishers will be designated as All-C-USA first team, followed by second team honors going to finishers (8-14) and runners (15-21) are third-team honorees.
Last year’s Conference USA meet was hosted by Western Kentucky University, a meet where the Marshall women finished ninth as a team. Rice enters this year’s race as the defending women’s champion.
The men finished eighth at last year’s C-USA meet. UTEP enters as the men’s defending champion.
For the final weekend in October, the team is preparing for unexpected weather Saturday in North Carolina. As of Thursday, the forecast shows a high of 80 degrees with sunny skies. With a low of 55 degrees, the early start time might not even escape the unconventional October running weather.
Assistant Coach Caleb Bowen on Saturday’s meet
“This is the meet that we have been training for all season. This is the meet where we want to peak. I think everyone will run really well and I think we should have some pretty good performances.”
Bowen on facing tough competition in the C-USA Meet
“The meets we have gone to has prepared us for the tough competition. Especially at Notre Dame where we faced very good competition, such as UTEP who we’ll see this weekend. At Vanderbilt, we were able to run against UAB and Middle Tennessee among other great teams. Even at our other meets, although not against conference opponents, we’ve faced great regional teams. So we have really faced some great competition this season to prepare us for this.”
On training for the meet Saturday
“We’ve been training for this by having the team run together as close together as possible in practice and hopefully that’ll help in the meet Saturday.”
Be sure to follow along with the action on Twitter (@HerdTFXC), Snapchat (@HerdZone), and with live results from the Conference USA this weekend. #Stampede16