Aug. 30, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men and women's cross country teams will debut their new home course, the Innovation Campus Wellness Park, by hosting the Aggie Invitational Saturday to begin the 2012 season.
The newly landscaped course will provide collegiate and high school athletes throughout the state and region a quality cross country course to compete and train on, while also giving USU cross country runners a place to call home. The course is located at 1498 North 800 East in Logan.
The Aggies previously held their home meets at the American West Heritage Center in Wellsville, Utah, which is south of Logan. The new course will help facilitate the athletes with better training at a closer distance to the university campus and other athletic facilities.
"A lot of people pitched in to help make this happen and I couldn't have done it by myself," said USU veteran head coach Gregg Gensel. "I think it is a great accomplishment for the university, for the athletic department in particular and for the cross country team. It is going to be a great recruiting tool, for the athletes to have a place to call home and to just be able to go over and train. There was a lot things that fell in to place, mostly to the positive side to make this happen."
Utah State women's cross country team returns six athletes from last season, while the USU men return four runners.
"With a new course, it is going to add a lot of excitement to help us into having a really successful season," said junior runner Kyle McKenna. "It is going to be more impressive to have a course like that to invite bigger schools and have some better competition here at home. Also in our team training we are going to be able to go out on the course and coach is going to say 'do this distance for workout today.' I think it will come in handy both with racing and with training."
The Aggie Invitational will begin action with the men's four-mile race at 9 a.m. (MT), followed by the women's five-kilometer race at 9:30. Several high school teams will also run the course at the conclusion of the collegiate races.
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