Sept. 20, 2011
Coming off of dominant team victories on both the men's and women's sides at the Clash of the Inland Northwest in Spokane, the Washington State University cross country teams head back to Spokane for the Erik Anderson Memorial Invitational...the race will be hosted by Spokane Community College and held at Plantes Ferry Park in the Spokane Valley...results will be available on the official WSU Athletic website, wsucougars.com, when available post-race.
LEADING THE WAY
Cougar cross country head coach Pete Julian returns for his third year coaching at WSU...he came to WSU from Metropolitan State College of Denver where he had a highly successful career as the cross country head coach for four seasons, as well as the track and field head coach for three...in his brief time at WSU, coach Julian has recruited many young student-athletes that he believes to be very strong runners, most of which will be returning for the 2011 season...Tim Riley will return to serve as Julian's volunteer assistant coach for his third season.
RACING THIS SATURDAY
Coach Julian plans to have all of the Washington State women race Saturday in Spokane...on the men's side, Julian has indicated that the freshman runners will run unattached, and Lee George and Mack Young will compete in uniform in the Invitational...while the freshman are running strong, Julian does not want to use a year of eligibility for these young runners if he doesn't have to, but he would like to get them as much racing experience as possible...with the Notre Dame Invitational less than a week after the race on Saturday, the small window for recovery will play a role in how the Cougs strategize for both competitions.
COACH JULIAN'S EXPECTATIONS FOR THIS SATURDAY
"This is a pretty big meet for us on the women's side. They are having the DII national championships [at Plante's Ferry Park] this year, so most of the best DII teams, and then certainly a lot of the good Inland DI schools will be there.
"It's an important race for our women because they will be able to get a feel for what it's going to be like in a week's time when we go to Notre Dame.
"We raced there last year, so it gives us a new base line to go on. We can have some data to see, well, are we truly better than we were a year ago? With such a young women's team, we don't have any data to go on because we have just been racing new courses.
"They're training remarkably well, so I think that they are going to do pretty well. I am really excited to see how they do."
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