Cross Country Set To Race At Willamette

The Whitworth cross country teams will hit the road for the Charles Bowles Invitational hosted by Willamette University this weekend.

The Meet: According the Willamette meet information page, the Charles Bowles Invitational is the largest college-only cross country invitational on the West Coast, with the annual meet featuring several nationally ranked teams from NCAA DI, DII, DIII and NAIA.

The courses start at Bush Park and finishes at McCulloch Stadium and includes grass, track blacktop, cement and graveled paths.

The men's course can be found here.

The women's course can be found here.

The men's team will race first in the Men's Cardinal 8k, which starts at 9:30 am. The women's team will race next in the Women's Cardinal 5k, starting at 10:15 am.

Live stats will also be available for the meet.

The Pirates: Last weekend, Whitworth competed in the Runners Soul/Erik Anderson Invitational in Spokane Valley.  Since the teams had meets scheduled for three consecutive weekends, head coach Toby Schwarz used the Runners Soul meet as a training meet to give the runners a weekend to regroup and recover.

The women's team paired up to help some of the runners with their personal best times while the men's team ran in a group. The men's team finished 12th overall and third in the collegiate division. The women's team finished 11th overall and third in the collegiate division. Lewis-Clark State College came in first overall in the men's competition while the College of Idaho took first place on the women's side.

NWC Competition: The Pirates are scheduled to race against George Fox, Linfield, Puget Sound and Willamette in Saturday's meet. Whitworth has already seen two of the teams, Linfield and Puget Sound, in the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle.

The women's team finished behind Linfield and ahead of Puget Sound, while the men's team was the first of the NWC teams to finish, coming in ahead of both Puget Sound and Linfield. 

Joining the Ranks: Whitworth remains in the USTFCCCA rankings again this week. The men's team is fourth in the West Region while the women's team is eighth in the West Region.

On the men's side, Willamette comes in just ahead of the Pirates at third in the West while Puget Sound comes in behind the Bucs at 5th. George Fox is ranked ninth in the West Region.

For the women, Willamette and Linfield are ranked ahead of the Pirates this week, coming in at third and fifth in the West Region, respectively. Whitworth comes in ahead of George Fox, who is ranked 10th this week.

Next Up: Whitworth has next weekend off and will return to action with the Inland Northwest Challenge on October 13.

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