Top 10 Preview
No. 5 Washington hosts long-standing race, Cornell begins
No. 1 Providence at the Wolfie Invitational
No.1 Providence will compete at the Stony Brook
Invitational on Saturday.
The women will race against Columbia, Marist College, Marist and Stony Brook.
Fourteen competitors will represent Providence at Stony Brook. Catarina Rocha will make her collegiate debut for the Friars, while Lauren Mullins will compete for the first time of the 2013 season.
Providence will enter Saturday with the topranking in both the regional and national preseason poll. Last season, the women finished first (of three) with 24 points in a 5k race at the Stony Brook Invitational. Laura Nagel and Sarah Mary Collins led the Friars in the win with a second and third-place finish, respectively. Nagel finished in a time of 17:42.11, while Collins crossed the finish line at 17:42.30. On Aug. 31, the women claimed a first-place win at the UNH Dual Meet to kick off the 2013 season. Nagel, Collins and Emily Sisson finished the 5k race together with a time of 17:07 to take the top three spots.
No. 2 Florida State
No. 3 Oregon
No. 4 Duke
No. 5 Washington at Sundodger Invitaional
The Sundodger Invitational has been held every year since 1992, making Saturday's race the 22nd installment. Washington has swept the races for the past six years.
For the first time in several years, Washington State will be making the trip west to match up against the Huskies in this season-opener. Also competing in the invitational race will be Gonzaga, Idaho, Seattle, Eastern Washington, Oregon State and the University of British Columbia. The open college races feature many more local small colleges and running clubs.
For the fifth-ranked Husky women, All-Americans Katie Flood and Megan Goethals could both line up for action on Saturday, along with senior Justine Johnson and Liberty Miller and top-seven veterans Eleanor Fulton and Maddie Meyers. Freshmen Katie Knight, Haley Suarez, and Kaylee Flanagan are expected to make their official Husky debuts as well.
No. 6 Georgetown at Dartmouth Invitational
Georgetown opens the 2013 season on Saturday, competing in the Dartmouth Invitational.
The Hoyas return several key members from last year's team, which finished 12th in the 2012 NCAA Championships, led by junior Katrina Coogan, graduate student Rachel Schneider, senior Madeleine Chambers, junior Annamarie Maag and sophomore Samantha Nadel.
No. 7 Arizona
No. 8 Stanford
No. 9 Arkansas
No. 10 Cornell at ARMY
The 2012 season saw continued improvement for the Big Red as the team won its second consecutive Ivy League Heptagonal cross country team title and produced a 13th place finish (the top non-scholarship program in the NCAA) at the national championship.
The Big Red will open its season against Army in the traditional dual meet, this year to be held at Cornell on Sept. 13th.