Cross Country Set For Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday

Sept. 30, 2016

MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 1, to compete at the 2016 Greater Louisville Classic, hosted by the Louisville Sports Commission.

“Training over the last few weeks has gone great,” Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. “We had one of our tougher workouts on Tuesday and it was one of the better workouts I’ve seen in some time. I feel like we’re really headed in the right direction and the athletes’ fitness is coming along well. So we’re where we want to be this time of year.

A total of 37 women’s teams and 35 men’s teams will be in action at the Greater Louisville Classic, including BIG EAST Conference foes Butler and Xavier, which Marquette will compete against for the first time this season.

“Having teams like Butler and Xavier, along with several schools from the Great Lakes region, will give us a nice mid-season opportunity to see where we stack up against those schools,” Nelson said. “With 300-plus athletes in each race, it’s hard to guage where they should finish. It’s going to be important for each athlete to stick to their individual strategy and not try to do too much. If we can focus on running smart, running tough and finishing well, I think we’ll be pretty happy with the results.”

Last time out, both Golden Eagle squads continued a strong start to their seasons at the National Catholic Championships at Notre Dame back on Sept. 16. Each side finished better than the year prior at the annual event. On the women’s side, redshirt senior Kellie Greenwood, senior Brittney Feivor and junior Jennifer Parker each recorded top 10 finishes and propelled the women’s side to a second place finish behind host Notre Dame.


 

 

For the men, junior Alec Miller took second place overall in the men’s race, finishing just 5 seconds behind the winner. Freshman Daniel Pederson continued his solid start in his debut season, finishing second on the team for the second race in a row and coming in 16th place overall.

The men’s team ended the day in fourth place with 100 points to finish behind Notre Dame, Dayton and meet champion Saint Louis.

Saturday’s Greater Louisville Classic will commence with the men’s race at 8:30 a.m. Central time followed by the women’s race at 9:15 a.m. Central time.

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