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Cross Country Opens Season with Dual Against Huskies
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 08/31/2010
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Aug. 31, 2010

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COUGAR CROSS COUNTRY MEETS DAWGS IN EPHRATA The Washington State University men's and women's cross country teams will start the season with a rare dual meet...Cougars will take on the University of Washington Friday, September 3, in Ephrata, Washington, known as the Gateway to the Columbia Basin...the 4000m women's race begins at 5 p.m. and the men's 6,000m race begins at 5:30 p.m....course is a 2000m loop around the high school soccer fields and should provide excellent vantage points for spectators...results will be available on the official WSU Athletic website,, when available post-race.

LEADING THE WAY Second-year Cougar coach Pete Julian came to Washington State in August 2009 after a highly successful coaching stint at Metro State in Denver...the 2010 incoming freshman class is his first fully-recruited class at WSU and one he claims is the most talented in the last two decades...volunteer assistant coach Tim Riley returns for his second season.

LISTEN TO COACH JULIAN PODCAST Hear Cougar coach Pete Julian's outlook on this weekend's cross country meet by going to, click on the Multimedia pull-down link and click on Podcasts.

WHAT JULIAN EXPECTS THIS FRIDAY "Former WSU coach and now UW coach Jason Drake, along with Huskies head coach Greg Metcalf, and I thought this would be a fun way to break the ice on the season. No pressure and very little travel considering the type of travel we usually do. This gives our athletes something to do to break up the early season monotony of training. Both teams are looking down the road at the bigger picture of the season but we hope this works out well and that we will be able to do this every year."

"We will compete: anytime you put the Cougs against the Huskies there are going to be some fireworks there and we are okay with that," WSU coach Pete Julian said. "We want to keep our eyes on the prize which is the Pac-10 meet and the NCAA West Regional meet down the line."

JULIAN ON THE 2010 RECRUITING CLASS: "It's a new day for WSU and we have a different kind of student-athlete than we have seen in recent years. They have a different mentality. We identified these student-athletes as the ones who would make an impact here and in the conference. We want people to come here and compete. All accept the responsibility of what it will take to be successful here and know what needs to be done. It is about development but at this level the athletes also have a responsibility. They come to WSU because they want to be under the big lights, the Pac-10 and embrace the pressure. The ability for us to recruit top kids is essential. They were all students of the sport before they came here. We have to recruit the best kids in our backyard before we can start looking out beyond that and we did that this year and we will do it again next year."


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