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Two ranked teams will meet at Notre Dame and Oregon
No. 7 Tulsa, No. 9 Princeton at Notre Dame Invitational
South Bend, Ind., is the site of this weekend’s premiere Division I cross country meet both in terms of headlining match-ups and sheer number of ranked teams.
Tulsa will run at the 58th Notre Dame Invitational on Friday at the Notre Dame golf course.
|No. 1 Oklahoma State|
|No. 2 Colorado|
|No. 3 Northern Arizona|
|No. 5 BYU|
|No. 10 Syracuse|
The Golden Hurricane, competing in their first major meet of the 2013 season, is one of 28 teams participating in the race. No. 9 Princeton will also be present at the Invitational.
Other ranked opponents include: No. 16 Colorado State, No. 21 New Mexico, No. 22 Notre Dame, No. 24 Virginia, No. 26 Florida State, No. 29 Michigan and No. 30 Columbia.
The Hurricane, led by individual champion Chris O'Hare, won the Notre Dame Invite in 2012. O'Hare and fellow senior Andrew Heyes will run for Tulsa on Friday.
The top group for Princeton will head to the Notre Dame Invitational, while the rest of the team will run at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh.
Last year at Notre Dame, Princeton finished in second place with a score of 139, behind Tulsa. Scorers Arroyo Yamin, Bendtsen and McDonald will be making a return to the course.
No. 4 Oregon and No. 8 Portland at Bill Dellinger Invitational
Oregon’s nationally ranked cross country team will square off against the eighth-ranked Portland men on Saturday at the eighth-annual Bill Dellinger Invitational at the Springfield Country Club.
In addition to the nationally ranked teams, the meet features a number of ranked squads from the West Region. In the men’s race, that includes No. 1 Oregon, No. 2 Portland, No. 6 Boise State, No. 7 Washington and No. 13 Gonzaga.
The Ducks are coming off a strong performance in Boston last Friday, where the men won the Boston College Invite.
For Oregon, three-time track All-American Parker Stinson, who finished outside Oregon’s top seven last week, will be looking to make a comeback in the race.
Portland has an axe to grind after the Ducks flew past them in both the regional and national rankings — but that will wait for another time as Portland will rest its top runners for the weekend. The Pilot men will be racing their 'B' squad, to prepare for the upcoming Wisconsin Adidas Invitational.
No. 6 Arkansas at Chile Pepper Classic
Sixth-ranked Arkansas will highlight the year’s 25th Annual Chile Pepper Festival at Agri Park in Fayetteville, Ark. The event features more than 20 NCAA Division I entries and a total of 45 collegiate entries.
Along with the Razorbacks, there will be five teams competing this weekend that are featured in the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings. Oklahoma will line-up against the Razorbacks for the second time the season and will represent the Midwest Region as the No. 4 team. Arkansas sits atop of the South Central Regional Rankings, but four teams from the region will be in attendance, UALR comes into the race at No. 9 in the region followed by Central Arkansas at No. 11, Louisiana-Monroe at No. 12 and North Texas at No. 15. Representing the West Region, Loyola Marymount is the No. 10 team in the region and making the trip all the way from Los Angeles, Calif.
Other notable teams include Baylor, which is hosting the 2013 NCAA South Central Regional, Dallas Baptist University, Florida A&M, Harding, LSU, Oral Roberts and TCU.
No. 9 Princeton at Paul Short Invitational
At Paul Short, the Tigers will compete in the BrownRace. The 8k race is scheduled to begin at 12:15 p.m., on the Goodman campus.
Nine runners have been selected to compete, including juniors Bradley Paternostro and Eddie Owens and sophomore Brian Poirer.