OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University cross country is set for their second straight two-meet weekend. They will travel the top runners to Pre-Nationals in Louisville while the rest will go to the Jenna Strong Invitational hosted by Wilmington College.
Pre-Nationals will be the biggest race of the fall for the ‘Hawks for two reasons. For one, the meet will feature over 50 teams, including a handful of the nation’s top-25. Teams are eager for this meet because it will give them a preview as to what the course will be like for the NCAA Championships, which will be hosted at Louisville.
Second, it will be the first seeded race for the RedHawks, meaning they will need to determine who their top seven runners on both the men’s and women’s sides are and go with them. They are allowed five entries in the unseeded race, too, so top runners 8-12 will race in that. The format is similar to what will be seen at the Mid-American Conference Championships on Oct. 28 where only the top nine from each school may race.
“It’s always a tough time of the year because sometimes we don’t know exactly who our top-12 are,” said Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Tom Chorny.
Whoever he goes with, though, Chorny is confident they can compete in a competitive field this weekend.
“We are very deep on the men’s team and the women’s team right now,” he said. “This is a chance to find out where we really stack up against those big teams.”
Friday will mark the beginning of the weekend’s action with the Jenna Strong beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Wilmington. Pre-Nationals will begin at 10 a.m. in Louisville on Saturday. The race can be streamed courtesy of FloTrack with a membership. A full recap will be available following the conclusion of each meet.