Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
XC Faces Tough Challenge
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 10/03/2013
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MOSCOW, Idaho – The Idaho men’s and women’s cross country team head back into action this weekend after three weeks off from competition. Both squads will face teams on a national scale as the schedule takes the Vandals to the Bill Dillinger Invitational, hosted by the University of Oregon.

“We had some of the best training we have ever had these last three weeks,” Idaho director of track and field/cross country Wayne Phipps said. “The team has made a lot of improvements and trained hard, they ready to perform well this weekend.”

Idaho will face tough competition this weekend as they square off against some of the nation’s best teams. Idaho will face the fourth-ranked Oregon men and the eighth-ranked Portland men, while the women will compete against the fifth-ranked Oregon women and the seventh-ranked Washington women.

“We always like to have meets to help us prepare for the conference meet,” Phipps said. “Going against nationally ranked teams does wonders in our preparation both mentally and also getting a chance to see how our competitive level compares to other teams.”

In addition to the nationally ranked teams, the competition will include a number of ranked squads from the West Region. In the women’s race, teams included No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Washington, No. 8 Boise State and No.10 Portland. On the men’s side, regionally ranked teams are No. 1 Oregon, No. 2 Portland, No. 6 Boise State, No. 7 Washington and No. 13 Gonzaga.

The meet will be held at the Springfield Golf Course and Country Club at Springfield, Ore. The men’s 8K race begins at 10:30 a.m., while the women’s 5K competition will follow at 11:15 a.m.

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