Top Events

Sept. 24 -- No. 10 Portland Pilots at Griak Invitational in St. Paul, Minn. (DI)

Sept. 24 -- No. 3 Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. (DI)

Sept. 24 -- No. 2 Western State Mountaineers at Mountaineer Open in Gunnison, Colo. (DII)

Sept. 24 -- No. 4 Colorado School of Mines Orediggers at Erik Anderson Invite in Spokane, Wash. (DII)

Sept. 24 -- No. 1 North Central (Ill.) Cardinals at Wheaton College Invitational in Warrensville, Ill. (DIII)

Sept. 24 -- No. 5 Calvin Knights at MIAA Jamboree in Angola, Ind. (DIII)

Watch Them Now

Matt Perez
North Central (Ill.)

Key Notes: Perez, coming off a 2010 All-American campaign, is off to a good start for the top-ranked Cardinals. The junior captured the individual title at the Illinois Intercollegiate Invitational last weekend to lead North Central (Ill.) to the team title as well. Perez topped a strong field, 32 different teams spread across all divisions, en route to his victory with a time of 24:32 on the 8,000-meter course.

Other Runners to Watch

Division I: Portland's Trevor Dunbar, Florida State's Mike Fout, Minnesota's Pieter Gagnon, North Caroloina State's Ryan Hill, UC Davis' Jonathan Peterson, Arizona's Stephen Sambu and Iowa's Jeff Thode.

Division II: Edinboro's Scott Anderson, Colorado School of Mines' Sean Gildea, Augustana (S.D.)'s Tom Karbo, American International's Glarius Rop and Massachusetts-Lowell's Jeff Veiga.

Division III:  Haverford's Eric Arnold, Washington-St. Louis' Michael Burnstein, North Central (Ill.)'s Neal Klein, Hamline's Devin Monson, Elizabethtown's Eric Reichert and Calvin's Alex Wrobel.

Keep Your Eyes on This

• Division I: No. 24 Minnesota plays host to the 26th running of the Roy Griak Invitational this weekend. Arizona's Stephen Sambu won the individual event last year and is back to defend his title.

• Division II: Massachusetts-Lowell's Jeff Veiga, who finished third at the NCAA Championship meet last fall, is set to take the course at the Codfish Bowl Invitational in Boston, Mass. this weekend.

• Division III: No. 1 North Central (Ill.) and No. 4 Washington-St. Louis are set for a showdown at the Wheaton College Invitational this weekend in Warrenville, Ill.