Cross Country Preview: CSU faces national competition for second straight meet

Oct. 10, 2012

By Nathan Lake
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State cross country team has a lengthy trip once again as they travel to Madison, Wisc., Friday for the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. Coming off a successful trip to Louisville, Ky., for the Greater Louisville Classic, the Rams look to improve on their season-best times in preparation for the Mountain West championships.

The Wisconsin Adidas Invitational will take place at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course, which has been open since 2009. The course features a 2,500-meter outside loop and 1,000-meter inside loop, both of which extend across a diverse terrain. The men's field will feature 46 teams, 26 of which are ranked in the top 36 in the nation. The women's field features 49 women's teams, with 21 of the country's top 36 teams. "Wisconsin is the toughest meet in the country before the National Championships," coach Art Siemers said.

After taking 26th place in Louisville and finishing first on the CSU men's team for the second straight meet, junior Alex Muntefering has high hopes for a strong finish in Wisconsin. He finished in 24 minutes, 21.55 seconds for the 8-km men's race at the Greater Louisville Classic. Muntefering looks to reduce this time at the 8-kilometer race in Madison as he prepares to compete for the MW championships on Oct. 26 in Las Vegas.

Coming off a 38th place finish in Louisville, Holly Keeper will lead the women's team in Madison. She finished in 17:30.13 at the Greater Louisville Classic, just ahead of teammates Whitney Henderson and Hannah Pensack-Rinehart, who clocked in at 17:43.81 and 17:44.47, respectively. Keeper, a senior, will also prepare Friday for her final meet at the MW championships on Oct. 26.

The women approach the starting line at 11 a.m. MT for their 6-kilometer race and the men begin their 8-kilometer race at 11:40 a.m. on Friday in Madison.