Although the RACES are long, the collegiate cross country SEASON is relatively short. Saturday, the Iowa State women’s and men’s cross country teams will compete in the Pre-National Meet, one of the marquee events on the slate.This annual competition, hosted by Indiana State, will be contested on the same course as the NCAA Championship five weeks from now. The Cyclone women, ranked 11th by the coaches’ association, will face a field of 80 teams split between two races. Iowa State will run at 11 a.m. in the 6k “Blue” race along with nationally rated Florida State (3rd), Arizona (6th), Washington (13th), Princeton (15th), Providence (16th), Michigan State (18th), Arkansas (25th) and BYU (29th). The Iowa State men, one of the schools receiving votes in the coaches’ poll, run at 12:50 in an 8k event. Joining them in the “White” race are Colorado (4th), Portland (8th), North Carolina (13th), Oklahoma (16th), BYU (19th), Tulsa (21st), Georgetown (22nd), Alabama (23rd), Minnesota (25th) and Notre Dame (28th). Coach Corey Ihmels knows the “Pre-Nat” both gives him a mid-season report card on how his teams stack up with the nation’s best and also provides familiarity with the national championship course. Be sure to visit the Cyclone Track & Cross Country Facebook page for inside info on the program all season long.
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