Golden Eagles Head To NCAA Regional Looking To Extend Season
Nov. 12, 2009
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's cross country squads will look to extend their seasons Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Bloomington, Ind., at the Indiana University Championship Cross Country Course.
The men's 10,000-meter race is scheduled to begin at noon Eastern Time/11 a.m. Central Time, followed by the women's 6,000-meter race at 1:15 p.m. ET/12:15 p.m. CT.
"Our main goal is to beat (our regional) ranking soundly," said head coach Mike Nelson. "That is what I have told both the men's and women's teams and I think we are poised to do that.
"We are ready to have our best race of the season and this is the time when you train to peak. I try to peak the athletes for the conference and regional meets, with the hope that we can get through to the national meet. Mainly we just want to go down there and try to have our best race of the season and whatever happens, happens."
In 2008, outgoing-senior Kyle Saginus and Weber each earned All-Great Lakes Region honors. Saginus finished 15th, while Weber crossed the finish line in 25th place with a time of 21:57.7.
Weber and Grebinski are the only Golden Eagles to have competed in three Regionals during their time at Marquette, while Weber has been the women's squad's top finisher in each of the last two regional meets.
For the men, Cleland is the top returning runner, finishing second on the team in the 2008 and fourth on the squad in the 2007 regional meet. Cleland was also the men's top finisher Oct. 31 at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 26:09 to finish 37th.
Marquette hosted the BIG EAST Championships on Oct. 31 and returns to competition this weekend for the first time since that meet. At the conference championships, the Marquette men captured a seventh-place finish, while the women placed eighth.
To earn an at-large spot in the NCAA National Championships, Nelson predicts the women would need a sixth-place finish and a fourth-place finish would be required by the men.
The women enter the weekend 12th in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Great Lakes Regional Poll. The men are 14th on their respective list.
How the current Golden Eagles have fared in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional over their careers:
Place (time, team place)
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