Sept. 27, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - After a four-week layoff, the UC Davis men's and women's cross country teams will race in the first of two consecutive weekends of action when they travel to the Bay Area on Saturday for the Stanford Invitational being hosted at Stanford Golf Course.
UC Davis will split its teams over the next two meets with several Aggies not competing Saturday in order to prepare for next weekend's NCAA West Regional Preview hosted by Sacramento State. Saturday's meet at Stanford, which will also feature several high school races, will have the men's 8-kilometer event at 9:50 a.m. and the women's 6K race starting at 10:30.
For UC Davis, it'll be its first competition since hosting the Aggie Open on Aug. 30, an event won both by Aggie teams. Head coach Drew Wartenburg said this weekend's meet will provide good experience for several runners.
"It'll give some runners that maybe have not been in scoring roles at meets as competitive as this one an opportunity to see how they handle the burden of scoring and running at what would be the front of our squad," he said. "With back-to-back weekends of racing, it allows us to take split squads and see some people in different roles.
"We've also waited longer to open at a high-level meet so people should be chomping at the bit to get out there."
The Aggies men are scheduled to have Miguel Aceves, Amar Dholakia, Luke Dorman, Trevor Ehlenbach and Patrick Fitzgerald competing, while the women will have Olivia Goins, Rianna Goins, Kayla Knapp, Nicole Lane, Clara MacLeod, Katie Ott and Kaz Shidara.
Fresno State, Hawaii, LMU, North Dakota State, Pepperdine, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Diego and Stanford are among the teams also scheduled to compete in the meet.
Although the Aggies have not raced during the past month, Wartenburg said the teams have had productive training.
"We really looked at the month of September as a time to train for the long term," he said. "We really focused on staying strong and workout were focused on building strength."
After this weekend, UC Davis will turn its attention to the NCAA Regional Preview, a meet that will give the Aggies an opportunity to see much of the competition and the course for November's NCAA West Regional.