Marquette Cross Country Set to Compete at NCAA Great Lakes Regional

Nov. 14, 2008

Coach Nelson's Post-Meet Podcast (Nov. 6)

MILWAUKEE-- The Marquette cross country team returns to action Saturday at 10 a.m. CT in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in West Lafayette, Ind.

"Obviously with the Regionals, this is nearing the end of the line," said head coach Mike Nelson.

The women will run their usual 6K race, which will start at 10 a.m. CT, and be followed by the men's 10K race at 10:45 a.m. CT. The men normally run an 8K but as the season advances towards the NCAA Championships, the distances get longer.

"As the distance goes up for the men, it only adds to our advantage out there. I feel like the longer the courses, the stronger that makes us," Nelson said.

For the men, Kyle Saginus is attempting to qualify individually for the National Championships after an impressive 12th-place finish at the BIG EAST Championships in a time of 24:56, earning All-BIG EAST honors.

"Kyle is ready to make a run at qualifying for the NCAA Championships," said Nelson. "Several others are also ready for their best times of the season, as I have been seeing great things out of them the past few weeks."

On the women's side, a great performance could spring them into the National Championships if a few other things go their way. Leading the women into action Saturday are Anna Weber and Jayne Grebinski, who finished 35th and 37th, respectively, at the BIG EAST Championships two weeks ago.

"Essentially to qualify, the women have to run their best race of the year," said Nelson. "It will be difficult but I think that we are poised to do it. Workouts have gone well and everyone is in good spirits."

An NCAA Cross Country Championships berth for the women would be their first appearance since a 29th-place finish in 2005.



The women are currently ranked ninth and the men 11th in the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Poll.


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