Oct. 18, 2013
Logan, Utah -
Utah State's men and women’s cross country teams will travel to Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday, Oct. 19 for the NCAA Pre-National meet hosted by Indiana State University at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.
The Pre-National meet serves as the precursor for the NCAA Championships that will also be held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute on Saturday, November 23.
USU's women will compete with 86 other teams from around the nation, while the Aggie men will square off against 74 teams. With the large number of teams competing, the meet will consist of two race divisions for both the men and women. Utah State's men will run their 8,000 meter Blue race at 11:00 a.m. (MT), while the Aggie women will run in the 6,000 meter Blue race at 11:40 a.m.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to run on the course where the national championship meet is held to get used to the environment and the course. It is a great chance for our student-athletes to get big meet experience running against a large field of talented runners. We had a pretty solid showing in our other big meet this season, so now we can take what we learned from that and apply that this week and see how it goes. We have a young team so all of these experiences are good for them in their development as college student-athletes. This is just another step as we continue to peak at the end of the season, in contending for a conference championship in two weeks,” said veteran USU head coach Gregg Gensel.
Senior Kyle McKenna has been the top finisher for Utah State this season, being the first Aggie to cross the finish line three times. For the Aggie women, freshman Tori Parkinson has been the top finisher for USU twice.
Utah State's women enter the weekend ranked eighth in the Mountain Region, according to the latest poll by the United State Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), while the Aggie men sit at 11th.
Additionally, Utah State continued its climb up the Mountain West Coaches’ Poll rankings when the second mid-season poll was released Friday. The Aggie women moved up to fourth from sixth, while their male counterparts climbed from sixth to fifth.
Action will continue for USU on Nov. 1 when the Aggies head to Colorado Springs, Colo. to compete in their first Mountain West Championships. Utah State previously competed in the Western Athletic Conference, with the men’s team winning six conference championships and the women collecting an additional two.
For more information on the NCAA Pre-National meet, fans can visit the Indiana State Athletics website here: http://goo.gl/P8v7eY. Aggie results will be posted to www.UtahStateAggies.com following the competition Saturday.
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