Cross Country heads to Delaware, Ohio for All-Ohio Championships

Oct. 4, 2006

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ALL-OHIO:  Both the University of Cincinnati men's and women's cross country teams will be traveling to Delaware, Ohio for the All-Ohio Championships Friday Oct. 6.  With only three, hopefully four, races left in the 2006 season, the Bearcats are looking to pick up the pace.


TOUGH RACE:  The women were able to hold their own against the 24 other teams that they competed against at the 51st Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind.  The race is said to be the oldest and largest intercollegiate cross country race.  The Bearcats took on the 24 teams in their division and although the Bearcats finished 13th, they ran a great race.

Both Megan Knapp and Jennifer Hannen were the lead Bearcats placing both with a time of 18:50 and finishing 31st and 32nd respectively.  Other scoring runners were Nichole Leslie and Amy Schoenfeld.  The Bearcats were able to compete strongly right with over a hundred other runners.


MEN REST TO SUCEED IN NEXT:  The men's team had a weekend off and did not race in the Notre Dame Invitational.  With no racing for the weekend, the men hope it will only bring success in the All-Ohio Championships.  Key veteran runners will hopefully set a great pace that the newcomers will be able to follow.


HOME STRETCH:  As the season seems to have just recently started, it is just as quickly coming to a close.  Already competing in three races, after the All-Ohio there are just four more remaining.  The Bearcats are looking for their top runners and especially the seniors in their last year to make the race for the finish an exciting one.


BUMP IN THE ROAD:  Both the men and women's teams have hit the mid-season challenge, but the Bearcats look like they are ready.   Starting with both teams having two consecutive first place finishes, the Bearcats knew that the tougher challengers were right ahead.  The men's team finished a strong second at the Mel Brodt, and the women did their best finishing 13th at the Notre Dame Invitational.  The teams are not going to let the one race get them down though, with All-Ohio followed with Pre-Nationals and then the BIG EAST Championships, the tough races have only just begun.  Both teams are ready to step it up, and take the competition to finish the season strong.  Keeping the mentality up will be the captains, setting examples for the younger runners.


UP NEXT:  Pre-nationals is next for the Bearcats as they travel to Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday Oct. 14.