On Saturday, men’s and women’s cross country will compete in the University of Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. The event features many of the top teams in the nation.
The 36-team men’s field features 20 of the country’s top 30 ranked teams. The Light Blue men’s team will enter as the No. 8 in the country, its highest ranking ever, thanks to a spectacular victory two weeks ago at the Notre Dame Invitational.
“It’s obviously a really big meet. The competition’s going to be really stiff,” junior Daniel Everett said.
Having already encountered historic success this year, the Lions hope to continue that success in Wisconsin, where they placed fifth last year. “Our goal is just the same as Notre Dame: just go out there and see what we can do,” Everett said. “Now that we’re a little farther along in our training, more geared up to run fast, we’re really looking forward to seeing what we can do. Right now, the attitude is just to go out there and keep doing what we did there [at Notre Dame].”
The women’s field includes 17 of the top 30 programs, and the Lions will compete alongside No. 1 Providence and No. 3 Arizona, as well as Ivy competitors Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Yale. The women’s squad is coming off a win at the Metropolitan Championships last weekend and will look to improve upon a 36th place finish at this invitational last year. Strong seasons by junior Waverly Neer and sophomore Leila Mantilla have helped propel the women to stellar performances, a trend they hope to continue as they head to Wisconsin this week.
The men’s Championship 8k race will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, while the women’s will take place at noon, with B races to follow later in the day.