Competition will spotlight 10 nationally-ranked teams
After taking a week off, the top members of the Eastern Washington University cross country teams will head to Track Town to compete in the 2010 NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships in Eugene, Ore., this Saturday (Nov. 13).
Juniors Cody Barton, Kyle King and Bowe Ebding from the men’s team, along with senior Amy Kolin and junior Stephanie Dye from the women’s team will head to the University of Oregon to compete against the best in the West Region.
“The goal for Amy and Kyle is to qualify for the national competition,” said head coach Chris Zeller. “They are both equally capable of making it but like always it will depend on the day and how they’re feeling.”
“For the rest of the team, though it would be great for them to qualify for the national meet, this is a reward for working hard all season and performing well at the Big Sky Championships,” said Zeller. “The goal is for them to gain experience and extend their season. Hopefully down the road they will be in the same position that Amy and Kyle are in.”
This year’s regional meet will showcase six nationally ranked women's teams (No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Arizona, No. 7 Oregon, No. 11 Washington, No. 26 California, No. 27 San Francisco) and four ranked men's teams (No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Oregon, No. 13 Portland, No. 22 California).
“This will be the biggest competition some of them will ever see,” said Zeller. “The pace will go out much faster than they’re used to. They will have to be extremely disciplined in staying relaxed and running their own race.”
The Springfield Country Club, one of Oregon’s premier golf courses, will be the site of regional race. The course consists of three flat loops—an outer loop, an inner loop and a finish loop. The outer loop is about 2,320 meters in length, the inner loop is about 2,150 meters and the finishing loop is approximately 1,350 meters.
The women’s 6,000-meter race will begin at 9:45 a.m., followed by the men’s 10,000-meter competition at 10:45 a.m. Contestants will attempt to make it to the national competition, which will be held in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday, Nov. 22.