Walker's Pace: Two-Time Defending NCAA Champions Open Season Next Friday
Monday, August 24, 2009, 10:45 a.m.
The two-time defending NCAA champion Oregon men's cross country team will open the 2009 season on Friday, Sept. 4 with the Pre's Trail Pre-View in Eugene's Alton Baker Park. The Women of Oregon, coming off back-to-back NCAA runner-up finishes, will also open their season next Friday.
While there will be the regular collegiate team competition at the meet with Portland State's men and women and Oregon State's women joining the Ducks, the race is also open to all competitors. Interested individuals should contact meet director Michael Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an invitation to compete. Not all requests will be granted an invitation. You may also follow this link for an entry form.
The men return All-Americans Luke Puskedra, Matthew Centrowitz, Kenny Klotz, A.J. Acosta, Andrew Wheating and Daniel and Diego Mercado. The women feature All-Americans Nicole Blood, Alex Kosinski and Zoe Buckman, plus NCAA veteran Bria Wetsch and national prep runner of the year Jordan Hasay.
The Pre's Trail Pre-View starts at 6 p.m. for the women and 6:30 for the men and there will be an autograph session with the national champs and runners-up following the races.