Sept. 27, 2000
Big Cross Invitational, Pasco, Washington
Saturday, September 30
10 a.m. Women's 5,000 meter race
10:45 a.m. Men's 8,000 meter race
THIS WEEK: The WSU men's and women's cross country teams travel to Pasco, Saturday, to compete in the eighth annual Big Cross Invitational. The women's 5,000 meter race begins at 10 a.m., and the men will run an 8,000 meter course beginning 10:45 a.m. at the Tri-Cities International Cross Country Course. The meet features PAC-10 rival Washington, as well as teams from Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, and Portland. The Cougar men won the meet last year, while the women finished fourth.
WSU WOMEN: Junior Ryan Gilmore led the Cougar women to a fourth place finish in an eight-team field in the Sundodger Invitational last weekend. Gilmore led all WSU women for the second week in a row, as she finished in seventh place. Also running well is senior Alishia Booterbaugh who finished 14th last Saturday. Senior All-American Megan Maynard placed 25th at the Sundodger Invitational after winning her first two races of the year.
WSU MEN: The Cougar men finished fifth in a nine-team field at the Sundodger Invitational last weekend, led by junior Oscar Franco-Parra's 19th place finish. Franco-Parra has been the top finisher for WSU in all four races this season, including three wins. Sophomore Jon Welsh, who finished 28th overall, crossed the line as the second WSU finisher last week in only his second race of the season. Running in his first race of the year, junior Scott Johnson was the fourth best WSU finisher in 45th place.
OLYMPICS WATCH: Bernard Lagat, who won the Big Cross Invitational running for WSU in 1997, competes in the finals of the 1,500-meters at the Olympics Friday evening. Lagat has run the third fastest 1,500-meter time this year, and recorded the second fastest time in the semifinals Wednesday.
NEXT WEEK: The Cougars have a weekend off to rest up for the Pre-NCAA Invitational October 14, in Ames, Iowa. The meet is run on the same course the NCAA Championships will be on November 20.