Cross Country in Search For Gold at Notre Dame Invitational
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Wednesday 10/03/2013
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MACOMB, Ill. - After a pair of top-ten individual finishes to open the season at the SIU-E Challenge, Western Illinois cross country heads to South Bend, Ind. for the 58th Annual Notre Dame Invitational on Friday (Oct. 4).

The Leathernecks are coming off 4th place finishes on both the men's and women's side at the SIU-E Challenge three weeks ago. Mark Holt and Chelsea Lynes finished in the top ten for Western Illinois. Madison Lefler, Lydia Smith and Mackenzie Gray also put in top-20 performances for the women. For the men, Zach Wiedeman, Chad French and Chase Marlow joined Holt in the top-20.

Approximately 1200 runners from more than 100 teams will be competing in this year's Notre Dame Invitational.

In last year's event, Michael Castel led the way on the men's side with a 24th place finish after running the 8K race in 25:17. Zach Wiedeman finished in the top 50 with a time of 25:40.

Alycia Thurston was the highest finisher for the women, running her 5K in 18:17.  Lydia Smith finished with a time of 18:49 to place in the top 50.

The 58th running of the event will be split up into two divisions, Blue and Gold. The Leathernecks will be competing in the Gold Division. The women's 5K race will run first at 2 p.m. followed be the men's 8K which will start at 2:45 p.m. Other schools competing in the Gold Division are:

Women's Gold: Belmont, Butler, Calvin, Central Michigan, Clemson, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Eastern Washington, Grand Valley, Hillsdale, Illinois-Chicago, Indiana State, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, Loyola, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Southern Illinois, Texas-Arlington, Kansas City, Valparaiso, Western Michigan, Windsor, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Men's Gold: Bradley, Calvin, Central Michigan, Clemson, Eastern Illinois, Grand Valley, Hillsdale, Illinois-Chicago, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, North Central College, Oakland, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Texas-San Antonio, Valparaiso, Wabash, Windsor, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Youngstown State



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