Cross Country Preview: CSU follows home opener with trip to Louisville

Sept. 26, 2012

By Nathan Lake
Athletic Media Relations

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Colorado State men's and women's cross country teams have a little farther to travel for their second meet of the 2012 season. The Rams make a visit to Kentucky Saturday for the 2012 Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic, hosted by the Louisville Sports Commission. 

The Rams have many positive performances to build on after last month's home `tune-up' meet. Junior CSU runner Kaitlin Hanenburg ran away with the women's 5,000-meter race at the CSU Open, finishing in a time of 18 minutes, 6.9 seconds, beating the second-place finisher by almost seven seconds. It was her first collegiate win, and she was rewarded by receiving the MW Athlete of the Week Award. Hanenburg looks to build on her performance with a strong showing Saturday against national competition. 

Receiving the MW Athlete of the Week Award on the men's side after the CSU Open was junior Alex Muntefering, who is also a bright spot for Saturday's meet in Louisville. Clocking in at 15:29.7, he finished third at the home meet and edged out teammate Andrew Goodman, the fourth-place finisher, by 0.7 seconds. Muntefering was the first CSU men's runner to receive the MW Athlete of the Week honor since Jeremy Freed in Sept. 2006. He, along with the rest of the men's team, hope to keep that award in CSU's hands after their trip to Kentucky. "After weeks of tough training, we look forward to competing in our first invitational this season against some of the best teams in the country," coach Art Siemers said.

Making her season debut Saturday is women's junior standout Hannah Pensack-Rinehart. A strong performance is in sight for Pensack-Rinehart as she looks to make a strong start to what could be an historic season.  Making her Colorado State debut Saturday is Jennifer Tavé, a transfer athlete and former team captain at Scripps College.

The men will run an 8,000-meter course and the women will run a 5,000-meter course at E.P. `Tom' Sawyer State Park in Louisville.