Sept. 27, 2011
The Washington State men's and women's cross country teams head into their next competition unbeaten...the Cougars head to the Notre Dame Golf Course Friday to compete in the widely-recognized Adidas Notre Dame Invitational...the Cougar men look to bounce themselves into the national rankings with a good performance in Indiana racing against a eight nationally-ranked and 21 regionally-ranked teams in the five-mile Blue race...Cougar women will face six nationally-ranked and 25 regionally-ranked teams in the 5,000m women's Blue race...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 is in his third year coaching at WSU...he came to WSU after a highly successful career as the cross country head coach for four seasons, as well as the track and field head coach for three at Metropolitan State College of Denver...Julian is dedicated to recruiting talented young runners and developing training routines that lead each student-athlete to their highest potential...Tim Riley is the progam's volunteer assistant coach for the third year.
RACING THIS FRIDAY
Coach Julian has indicated that three of the most experienced runners on the men's team - Justin Englund, Andrew Kimpel, and Jono Lafler - will travel to Indiana to compete in the Invitational Friday...these men will be racing with the younger additions of Andrew Gonzales, Drew Jordan, Forrest Shaffer, Richard Shroy, Todd Wakefield, and Mack Young...on the women's side, Julian is bringing all nine women on the Cougars' roster to race in the Invitational.
COACH JULIAN'S EXPECTATIONS FOR THIS FRIDAY
"Our national selection system is based on points for beating teams outside our own region. If we head to the Midwest and beat teams who go on to earn automatic bids to the NCAA, we get at-large points. The goal is to beat as many teams as possible this week and then have a good meet at West Regionals in six weeks and draw on those points we've earned at Notre Dame.
"Our women have really surprised me this year. They are a good team and I don't really know how good they are and they don't know how good they are. I know that in the practices and the races we've done, they are lightyears ahead of where they've been, I'm excited to see how they do together as a team. Ruby Roberts is at a higher level than she was a year ago. It will be interesting to see if she is ready to make that jump to being one of the top collegiate women and not just the Northwest. Allison Clark has been running fantastic and is ready to race and we expect she will be up there with Ruby. Freeshman Katie Fleischer is getting faster every week; she is gettin used to the college system and we'll let her go a little bit faster and a little bit harder this time and see how she does in her first true big-time collegiate meet.
"We have three or four really strong men up front and based on experience Justin Englund and Jono Lafler will be leading that charge of WSU men. Certainly guys like Drew Jordan or Andrew Gonzales or Andrew Kimpel wouldn't surprise me at all if one of those guys are our number one man."
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