Cross Country to Run at Notre Dame Invitational
gobearcats.COM The Bearcat men will take on a tough field at the Notre Dame Invitational.
The Bearcat men will take on a tough field at the Notre Dame Invitational.

Sept. 27, 2005

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SOUTH BEND BOUND: The Bearcats will travel to South Bend, Ind. on Friday, Sept. 30 for the Notre Dame Invitational. The women compete at 3:00 p.m. ET, while the men race at 6:00 p.m. ET.

THE NOTRE DAME FIELD: The University of Cincinnati will face some of its toughest competition of the year at the Notre Dame Invitational. The meet at the Notre Dame Golf Course is one of the nation's biggest and most competitive. The University of Wisconsin men, ranked No. 1 in the country as of Sept. 20, as well as host Notre Dame, the NCAA's sixth-ranked team, will try to lead the 2005 field. On the women's side, two of the nation's top four squads will vie for the team title. No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Michigan will provide much of the competition in a field of more than 30 teams.

The Stanford men's squad led the field in the 2004 Blue Division race, where the UC men finished 16th. In the lead for the Bearcats were current junior Kevin Schwarz (82nd place) and former athletes Mike Smith (96) and Eric Bair (105). The Bearcat women, who competed in the Gold Division in 2004, took fourth place. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh took the women's team title. Former runner Ruth Limo finished third overall, followed by current senior Karen Berling (14) and junior Cristy Doll (15).

A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: Sophomore Nichole Leslie and junior Taylor Garvin created major milestones in their cross country careers. Each earned their first individual victory by winning their respective races at the Queen City Invitational on Sept. 16. Leslie's win came as a bit of a surprise, despite being one of the Bearcats' top scorers throughout the 2005 season. Garvin, however, has been on the brink of gathering his first individual title. He finished among the top five in each of his first two meets, just seconds behind the lead runners.

LONG LIVE THE KING: Freshman Rick King had a breakthrough in his collegiate career when he finished fourth at the Queen City Invitational. By completing the 8K course in a time of 26:33, the squad's top frosh posted the best finish of his young career. King has been steadily improving his place on the team, placing fifth for the Bearcats at the Flyer 5K (Sept. 3), fourth at the Miami Invitational (Sept. 10), and third on the team at UC's home meet (Sept. 16).

UP NEXT: The Bearcats will return to their home state for their meet on Friday, Oct. 7. They will compete in the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Championships in Delaware, Ohio to contest for the honor of top team in the state.