Sept. 12, 2000
WSU Cross Country Invitational, WSU Golf Course, Pullman, Wash.
Saturday, September 16
10:00 a.m. Women's race
10:40 a.m. Men's race
THIS WEEK: WSU will host teams from the University of Idaho and Eastern Washington University at the WSU Cross Country Invitational Saturday. The women's 5,000 meter race will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the men will run an 8,000 meter course beginning at 10:40 a.m. on the WSU Golf Course. The meet will serve as a rematch for the Cougars against Idaho, just over a week after the Idaho Invitational held in Moscow. There, the Cougar Men won, and the WSU Women finished second to Idaho overall, but defeated the Vandals in head to head competition by one point.
WSU WOMEN: Senior All-American Megan Maynard continues to run well, recording her second straight win in Moscow last week. "Megan looked quite impressive last week," said WSU Coach Li. "She ran a quick, smart race." Also running well for the Cougars was junior Ryan Gilmore who finished fourth. Li was also pleased with the improvement he saw out of runners Alishia Booterbaugh, who finished fifth, and freshman Anna Blue, who finished 18th. "As long as we keep on improving every week, we're in good shape," said Li. The WSU women, who will be without Grata Johnson because of a knee injury, will be up for a challenge against a strong Idaho team again this Saturday.
WSU MEN: WSU junior Oscar Franco-Parra is also coming off his second straight win. "Several coaches from other schools have commented on how well Franco-Parra is running," said Li. "If Oscar keeps running well, this season will hopefully be his breakthrough year." Other standouts for the Cougars last week were sophomore Kyle Barker who finished second, and freshman Jim Neeway who finished seventh. The team will also be helped out by the return of sophomore Jon Welsh. Welsh, who is attending WSU on an Army ROTC scholarship, is just getting back into his training after attending boot camp in Georgia this summer. Coach Li expects the competition to be good, especially from a strong Eastern team.