Bearcat Cross Country Heads for Pre-National Championships
gobearcats.COM Brad Neumann and the Bearcats will compete at the Pre-National Championships on Oct. 15.
Brad Neumann and the Bearcats will compete at the Pre-National Championships on Oct. 15.

Oct. 11, 2005

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PRE-NATIONAL PREVIEW: The University of Cincinnati cross country teams will travel to Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday, Oct. 15 for the Pre-National Championships. The meet, hosted by Indiana State University, will be run at the LaVern Gibson Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center. Competition begins at 11:00 a.m.

THE PRE-NATIONAL FIELD: The Pre-National meet will showcase one of the largest fields of competition the Bearcats will face this season. 77 men's and 80 women's teams will run in Terre Haute. Among the men's teams will be five top-10 squads (Oct. 6) - Colorado (No. 3), Stanford (No. 5), Notre Dame (No. 7), Iona College (No. 8), and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (No. 10). The women's field will include the country's second- through 10th-ranked teams in Michigan, Stanford, Brigham Young, Illinois, Arizona State, Colorado, Notre Dame, North Carolina State, and Minnesota, respectively. In addition to Notre Dame, the Cincinnati teams will face BIG EAST opponents Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, and Villanova.

At the 2004 Pre-National Championships, Eric Bair led the team in the White Race by finishing 86th in a time of 25:13. Ruth Limo led the Bearcat women in the Blue Race by posting a 12th place finish in 22:09. Stanford earned both team titles and individual victories. The Cardinal's Ryan Hall won on the 8K course in 23:54, while Alicia Craig completed the 6K course in 20:20.

COMING ON STRONG: Junior Cristy Doll is trying to finish her season strong. In the last two meets, Doll has moved up on the team, finishing second for the Bearcats at the Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 30 and the All-Ohio Championships Oct. 7. She has also run her best times of the season at the two meets, posting finishes of 18:48 at Notre Dame and 19:15 at the All-Ohio meet.

HANGIN' AROUND: Junior Brad Neumann may not be having the success he was hoping for this season, but he hasn't given up either. Neumann has been among the team's top seven finishers in each of their five meets. His best finish came at the Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 30, where he placed fourth on the team. He also ran a season-best time for an 8K race when he posted a 27:23 at the All-Ohio Championships Oct. 7.

UP NEXT: Cincinnati's next meet will be the BIG EAST Championships on Friday, Oct. 28. The Bearcats' first championship meet in the new conference will be run in New York, N.Y.