Sept. 19, 2000
Sundodger Invitational, Lincoln Park, Seattle
Saturday, September 23
10:15 a.m. - Men's 8,000 meter race
11:00 a.m. - Women's 6,000 meter race
THIS WEEK: The WSU men's and women's cross country teams will travel across the state Saturday to compete in the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle. The men's 8,000 meter race will begin at 10:15 a.m., and the women will run a 5,000 meter course beginning at 11 a.m. in Lincoln Park. The meet will feature PAC-10 rivals Washington and UCLA, as well as teams from Texas Tech, Utah, Idaho, Portland State and Gonzaga. Also competing will be the men's team from perennial Big-10 powerhouse Michigan, and the women's team from UNLV. "This will be our best competition so far," WSU Coach James Li said. "This is the point in the season at which we must shift our focus from getting in shape, to beginning to compete."
WSU WOMEN: Junior Ryan Gilmore is coming off the first win of her collegiate career last Saturday in the WSU Invitational, a meet in which the Cougar women defeated both Idaho and Eastern Washington. "Ryan really began to show something special during outdoor track last year, and is continuing that success into this season," Li said. All-American Megan Maynard finished fifth Saturday after winning her previous two races. "The competition between our top runners is really good for their motivation," Li explained. "The women will be in for a test this Saturday, particularly against a strong UCLA team."
WSU MEN: Led by junior Oscar Franco-Parra's victory, the Cougar men also swept both Idaho and Eastern Washington last Saturday. Franco-Parra's win, which came by more than forty seconds over the second place runner, is his third win in three races this year. Sophomore Jon Welsh finished fifth last Saturday in his first race of the year. Welsh, who is just getting back into his training routine after attending parachute camp in Georgia this summer, may actually be training too much, remarked Li. "John runs up to seven miles with his Army ROTC group some mornings in addition to our team workout in the afternoon," Li said. "The men will be up for a challenge at the Sundodger Invitational, especially against a strong Michigan team."