Trojans To Compete At the 6K UC Riverside XC Invitational Saturday|
Sept. 15, 2016
The USC women’s cross country team will compete at the 2016 UC Riverside Invitational (6K) at the UCR Agricultural Operations Course in Riverside, Calif. on Sept. 17 at 7:30 a.m. There will also be a 5K race run at 8:45 a.m. in which the Trojans will have two runners entered.
The Trojans will face a strong field in the meet as 17 Division I schools have entered, highlighted by South Central Region No. 1 Arkansas and West Region No. 9 Cal Poly. The other Division I schools include host UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, San Diego State, LMU, Long Beach State, CSUN, UC San Diego, UNLV and Santa Clara.
“We still are trying to grow, trying to learn cross country racing at the 6K distance, so we are running one this weekend to try and start that process,” said USC cross country coach David Freeman. “Based off the entries, I think it is a good 6K meet to start off the year with. There is some quality competition that is going to help us and allow us to really compete well and see where we stand going forward and how to tweak things as we move forward with the rest of the season."
“The good thing about this race is there are a lot of schools, so it isn’t a smaller meet like Pepperdine,” added Freeman. “They will really get the full cross country experience here. The athletes will have to deal with the bumping and ups and downs during the course of the race. This is really a good preparation for the rest of the year. Our next meet after this we are going to Sacramento for the Regional Preview, so this will be good preparation for us on how to handle that environment and the amount of bodies you are going to have in that race.”
USC has entered freshman Chloe Berry, redshirt junior Rebekah Ent, sophomore Amber Gore, redshirt senior Vivian Grimes, redshirt senior Lorea Ibarzabal, sophomore Lauren Maurer, redshirt freshman Sophia Racette, , redshirt sophomore Madison Ricks, and sophomore Mikaela Smith in the 6K race. Sophomore Rachel Glynn and freshman Kamryn Weber will run in the 5K race. Grimes and Racette will be making their Trojan debuts.
“At this meet they only allow you to enter nine runners per team, so if you have more than nine you have to place them in the 5K race,” said Freeman. “Since we have 11, we have put two in the 5K. We are excited to see how the ladies develop during the 6K. Each meet we just want to be a little better than the meet before and grow from the experience. This is going to be the first time in a long time that we have everybody that is able to run, running. That is a pretty cool thing. Everybody will be on the starting line supporting each other. It is pretty unique that everyone is really ready to go and we are trying to see who is going to make the top seven for our Pac-12 team.”
USC’s next meet will be at the Sacramento State Regional Preview in Sacramento, Calif. on Oct. 1.