A record number of Division I teams will be competing in the 2013 Incarnate Word Cross Country Invitational set Saturday, Oct. 12, at Live Oak (Texas) City Park, the host director said.
Sven Division I teams besides UIW are entered thus far when only one or two might have entered in the past, said the director, Dr. Derek Riedel, coach for the host University of the Incarnate Word men’s and women’s teams.
Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. at the park off Pat Booker Road at the intersection of Interstate 35 and Loop 1604.
“This is the eighth annual (invitational),” Riedel said,
Division I teams entered thus far include the University of Texas-Pan American, Abilene Christian University, Texas State University, Prairie View A&M State University, Texas Southern University, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and a partial team from UT-San Antonio.
Non-Division I teams coming thus far include Our Lady of the Lake University, Trinity University, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Sul Ross University, Schreiner University, UT-Permian Basin, UT-Brownsville and Ranger Junior College.
Riedel said college men will begin an 8K race at 8 a.m.; college women a 6K run at 8:40; boys’ 5K gold race at 9:10; girls’ 5K gold race at 9:30; junior varsity boys a 5K run at 10; junior varsity girls two-mile race 10:25; and the junior high school two-mile race combining boys and girls at 10:50.
Entry fees are $10 an athlete for high school and junior high school students; $350 a school — $175 for each gender — for college members of the U.S. Track and Field coaches’ association; and $450 a school — $225 for each gender of non-member association schools.
All team payments must be received before the meet date or on the morning of the meet at check-in. Teams will not be allowed to compete until payment is received.
Medals will be awarded for the top 10 Varsity Gold runners (boys and girls) and top 10 boys and girls in junior high school. A team trophy will go to the top Gold boys and girls teams and first-place junior high boys and girls teams. T-shirts also will go to the top 10 collegiate finishers and a team trophy to winning men’s and women’s teams.
Cardinal men’s and women’s teams have won the invitational in recent years, he said.
“The reason we hold this is to give our local teams a chance to compete at home in front of friends and family,” Riedel said.
For more information, call Riedel at (210) 805-3566 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org