Oct. 13, 2010
Cal State Northridge cross country is set to host the Northridge Invitational for the second consecutive season this Saturday, Oct. 16 at Woodley Park in Van Nuys. 101 runners will challenge the women's 6k course and 85 men will take on the 8k.
The Northridge Invitational will take place at the Wildlife/Cricket/Japanese Garden area of Balboa Park/Sepulveda Basin which is located east of Woodley Ave., between Burbank and Victory Blvd., just west of the 405 fwy. The course starts on the northwest side of the cricket field located north of the entrance road. The Invitational is just the second cross country meet hosted by Cal State Northridge in 23 years.
"It's going be an unbelievable spectator course because of the number of loops," said Matador head coach Don Strametz. "Fans will be able to see virtually 75-80% of the race which you're not normally able to see in cross country races. The quality of the field is very good this year with quite a few Big West schools."
Two women's 6,000-meter race is scheduled for 7:45 a.m. and the men's 8,000-meter race will start at approximately 8:15 a.m. Spectators are encouraged to park in Lots 1 or 3, teams will park in Lot 2.
186 runners are scheduled to compete on Saturday with teams from Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Los Angeles, Glendale College, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, USC and Westmont College scheduled to compete.
The host Matadors will field a squad of 22 runners (11 men, 11 women). Northridge senior Lilyana Morejon finished second in a time of 17:24.62 at last years women's 5k which was shortened due to heat in the San Fernando Valley.
"It will be interesting to see how we respond because we haven't raced since Stanford (Sept. 25), but we're looking forward to a great event," added Strametz.
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