Sep 5, 2013
FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. The Bearcats open the 2013 cross country season at the 32nd Annual Queen City Invitational, which is being hosted by Xavier this year. Both men and women will run a 5K with the men competing first at 5 p.m. The 5K course is located in Mason, Ohio, and it's a brand new course designed by Xavier's head coach Ryan Orner.
2. Cincinnati's men enter the season with a preseason Great Lakes Region ranking of 12th. The squad returns five runners that competed at last year's Great Lakes Regional and took 13th place. The trifecta of senior in Eric Hauser, Evan Baum and Jeffrey Griffiths will pace the Bearcats throughout the season. UC finished second at last year's Queen City Invitational.
3. The women return all six runners that finished 19th at last year's Great Lakes Regional. Junior Emily Clay, who was the Bearcats' top runner last fall, will lead the pack in improving on last year's regional performance. Cincinnati took second place behind Xavier last season at the Queen City Invitational, who claimed their third-consecutive title.
4. UC is under new guidance as Associate Head Cross Country Coach, Sam Burroughs, was named to staff this summer. Burroughs, who comes to Cincinnati after three years at North Texas, oversees both cross country programs and will work with middle and long distance runners during the track & field seasons. With the Mean Green, Burroughs coached five all-conference performers in cross country and saw four school records on the track & field side fall. He was the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year.
5. A total of 356 runners will be competing this weekend at the Queen City Invitational. Four Division I programs will join UC at the meet, including host Xavier, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Wright State. Other local Division II, III and junior colleges will be running the 5K race.