Ole Miss Heads To 2013 Pre-National Invitational

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Brian O'Neal

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Brian O'Neal
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Oct. 18, 2013

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the 2013 Pre-National Invitational this Saturday.

The meet is hosted by Indiana State University at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind.

"The Pre-National Invitational will be a tough test for us. We're looking forward to the challenge this weekend," head coach Brian O'Neal said.

This will be the Rebels' last meet before the SEC Championships (Nov. 1 in Gainesville, Fla.) and NCAA South Regional (Nov. 15 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.).

The Rebel men and women are both coming off successful meets at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational on Sept. 28. The men were led by sophomore Ian Carter, who ran under 25 minutes for the first time in his career. The women were led by freshman Michaela Quinn with a seventh place individual finish.

"What we want to do is to continue to get better," O'Neal said. "After Virginia, we've had a few weeks to get in more training and now we'll get to see how much we've improved against the toughest field we've faced this season."

Several teams competing in Terre Haute show up in the national rankings, and they are as follows:

Men:
1. Oklahoma State
2. Colorado
4. Oregon
9. Tulsa
10. Princeton
12. Indiana
18. Iona
19. Boise State
23. Villanova
24. Georgetown
29. Stanford

Women:
2. Florida State
5. Georgetown
6. Oregon
11. Stanford
12. Colorado
14. Michigan
16. Virginia
18. Villanova
19. Oklahoma State
20. Butler
21. William and Mary
23. Princeton
27. Penn State

The Rebel women are ranked seventh in the USTFCCCA South Region rankings heading into the Pre-National Invitational.

The men run in the 8K Blue Race at 10 a.m., and the women run the 6K Blue Race at 10:40 a.m.

Be sure and follow Ole Miss on Twitter at @OleMissTrack and head coach Brian O'Neal at @CoachBrianONeal. Also, check out Facebook.com/OleMissTrack.

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