Panther Cross Country Returns To Action At Pre-National Invite
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Oct. 11, 2005)--After a two-week lay-off the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's and women's cross country teams returns to action Saturday at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. Indiana State hosts the meet, which will feature multiple races, as well as the NCAA Championships Nov. 24.
Last time out: With a host of runners training for this week's meet, some Panthers ran at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational Oct. 1 in Chicago. Freshman Megan Johnson led the UWM women for the second time this season, taking 71st, as the team placed 25th. Three freshmen men also represented Milwaukee, but did not register a team score. Kyle Soukup was the men's top finisher, taking 168th.
Together Again: Head coach Pete Corfeld will run a full squad on both the men's and women's sides this weekend, after holding back a majority of his runners two weeks ago. Sophomores Angie Huebner, Holly Nearman and junior Kourtney Nault were held out of the women's race at the Loyola Invitational in preparation for this week's meet. Meanwhile, seniors Josh Nygren and Nate Weiland and junior Ben Uphoff are among the men returning to action after a three-week break.
Rankings: Milwaukee's men entered the USCCCA Great Lakes Regional rankings earlier this season at No. 12 and has settled in the No. 13 ranking ever since. UWM is the second-highest ranked league school in the region behind No. 9 Butler. The only other regionally-ranked Horizon League school is Loyola, which has been holding a No. 5 ranking in the Midwest Region. Women's cross country features rankings by WICCCA and go 10 deep in the region. The Great Lakes Region has featured very little change in rankings this season.
Up Next: Milwaukee has another two-week layoff before heading to Ohio for the Horizon League Championships, Oct. 29, hosted by Wright State. Both Panther squads placed third at the meet last season as the host school.