Oct. 15, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The University of Maryland men's and women's cross country teams will get an early look at the NCAA regional course on Saturday when they compete at the Penn State National.
The men's race will hit the line at 10 a.m., with the women's race to follow at 11 a.m.
The 8-kilometer men's course and 6K women's course will be similar to the ones to be run on Nov. 13 at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional. An early look at the courses will be of great help to the Terrapins next month at the meet at which national berths will be on the line.
Greg Kelsey will lead the Terrapin men to the line on Saturday, after earning a top-10 finish individually two weeks ago at the Paul Short Run at Lehigh. The Terrapins are also expected to have veterans Dan McDevitt and Greg Jubb on the starting line.
Sophomore Julie Fricke will lead the Maryland women to the starting line after being the top finishers in each of her last two races. Seniors Andrea Rothschild and Ashlyn Sinclair are also expected to compete.
Maryland is 10th in the most recent Mid-Atlantic rankings on both the men's and women's side.
The field for Saturday's races is scheduled to include the Villanova women's team, which was first in the most recent national rankings by the U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association. On the men's side, 14th-ranked Syracuse and the host Nittany Lions are the favorites.
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