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PREVIEW: Cross Country Heads to Illinois State

PREVIEW: Cross Country Heads to Illinois State

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE will be one of 10 teams competing Friday at the Country Financial Illinois State Invitational at the Illinois State Cross Country Course at the Weibring Golf Club in Normal, Illinois.

The women's 5K race is set for a 5 p.m. start followed by the men's 8K race at 5:45 p.m.

Illinois State is the host school for the event which features SIUE, DePaul, Eastern Illinois, UIC, Illinois, Iowa, Loyola, North Central, Northern Illinois and Western Illinois.

"Our strategy is always to focus on what we are doing as a team," said SIUE Assistant Coach Kayla Brown. "We're using each other and our pack. Weather really shouldn't play a factor in what we want to do as a team."

SIUE is coming off a second-place finish in both the men's and women's race last week at the EIU Walt Crawford Open. Erin Kennedy, Haley Miller and Jess Clarke each turned in personal bests. Keith Meyer returned to form with a second-place finish in his first race of the season.

"Last week was a building block, especially for our new athletes," said Brown. "They know what they need to work on or improve on for this week.