USC To Compete At the NCAA West Region Preview Meet In Sacramento|
Sept. 28, 2016
USC’s cross country team will compete at the Sacramento Capital Cross Challenge/NCAA West Region Preview at Haggin Oaks Golf Club in Sacramento, Calif. on Oct. 1 at 10:15 a.m. There are expected to be 20 schools competing, including Pac-12 powers Arizona State and California.
This is an important meet for the Trojans as it is same course which they will compete on in November for the West Regional. Expected to compete for USC this weekend will be redshirt seniors Vivian Grimes and Lorea Ibarzabal, redshirt junior Rebekah Ent, sophomores Mikaela Smith, Amber Gore, Lauren Maurer and Sophia Racette and freshman Chloe Berry.
“This is our second 6K of the season. It is a preview meet, a good time to get on the course, test it out and get a feel for the course before we come back for Regionals,” said USC cross country coach David Freeman. “I think we are still building and it is going to be a good experience for them. It is our second 6K, it’s on a golf course and I think it is right up our ally. I believe it isn’t too hilly, so the course is more compact and has more of a track meet-feel per se. It is not the up and down on concrete like some of the courses are throughout the year, so I think they’ll have a better experience here and a better feel as to what to expect when we get to the Pac-12s and the Regional Meet.”
“Another thing we are trying to establish here as a young team of mostly freshman and sophomores is to gain the experience that they need to be successful in cross country,” added Freeman. “We are trying to get to meets like this Sacramento meet that have a lot of quality teams which we can race against and learn from and compete against so that when we get to the Pac-12 Championships they are not overwhelmed with the competition. We have a lot of new faces to cross country, even our two seniors didn’t run much cross country at their previous schools, especially a 6K, so we are trying to get them experience with running the 6K.”
Coach Freeman also mentioned that Ent is poised to make big gains this week as she continues to come back from an injury at the beginning of the season/end of summer. He also is looking forward to everyone continuing to learn from the past meets and getting better each week.
USC’s next meet will be the Highlander Invitational in Riverside, Calif. on Oct. 15.