Aug. 30, 2005
University of Idaho Cross Country Jamboree, Moscow, Idaho
Friday, September 2, 2005
6 p.m. Women's 4,000m race
6:40 p.m. Men's 4-mile race
THIS WEEK: The Washington State University men's and women's cross country teams open their seasons Friday at the Cross Country Jamboree hosted by the University of Idaho in Moscow...the meet takes place at the University of Idaho Golf Course...women will race on a 4,000m course beginning at 6 p.m. and the men will run a four-mile course with the race slated to start at 6:40 p.m.
DEPTH AND EXPERIENCE: Coach Jason Drake, in his fourth season as the mentor for Washington State cross country and the second year as the head coach, fields full teams with 20 men and 16 women on the rosters...both teams are young, with only two seniors on the men's squad and none on the women's team...experienced groups of returning juniors and sophomores will need to step up in competition this season...a talented recruiting class adds the much-needed depth Drake has worked to create on a team he once had to advertise in the school newspaper to fill.
WSU WOMEN: After losing all seniors from last year's team the Cougar women expect to gain leadership from its five juniors, three who made significant impact on the 2004 team...Kayle Peterson and Alyssa Modrell, Marisa Sandoval and Meghan Leonard are expected to have an immediate impact.
WSU MEN: Senior transfer Clay Hemlock and redshirt senior Justin Ireland provide WSU with leadership this year...three juniors, Ryan Freimuth, Alex Grant and Andrew Jones, will all contribute heavily...sophomores and freshmen dominate the roster and many are expected to have important roles for the Cougars, including Chris Concha and Woody Favinger.
DRAKE'S VIEW ON THE TEAM'S TRAINING: "Overall, training is going very well. The women's team will be well-represented this weekend and we are working through some aches and pains on the men's side. We will just keep moving ahead and try to keep everyone healthy. Many of our runners are beginning their third season and that experience puts us in a position to do well this year."
WHO'S RUNNING FOR THE COUGS FRIDAY: Women wearing Crimson and Gray uniforms - Alyssa Modrell, Kristi Jensen, Casey Maus, Marisa Sandoval, Kelli Dahlquist for the women and Sam Ahlbeck, Derry Betts, Evan Blanshan, Josh Brown, Justin Chambers, Alex Grant, Mike Heidt, Clay Hemlock, Andrew Jones, Dan Lucero, Matt Miller and Dominic Smargiassi for the men.
DRAKE'S VIEW ON THIS WEEKEND'S COMPETITION: "The Idaho meet is traditionally a warm up for both the men's and women's squads, while at the same time an important indicator of where we are at. Many of our athletes will be competing for a spot on the traveling team."
NEXT UP: The Cougars will not compete Sept. 10....WSU will send teams to Seattle to compete at the Sundodger Invitational, September 17 at Lincoln Park.