Kansas Cross Country Opens 2010 Season at Home with Bob Timmons Classic
Sept. 2, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas’ cross country season will officially begin at home on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 9 a.m. when the Jayhawks host the Bob Timmons Classic at Rim Rock Farm. The Jayhawks are hoping to claim first place victories for the fourth straight season in a row.
“Our first home meet is a good time to see where we are and how summer training went,” head coach Stanley Redwine said. “It is a great opportunity to see our young people compete. It is a smaller meet and that is great for us. At the same time, once you put that singlet on that says `Kansas’ everyone gets excited. It is a great way to see them start.”
The meet will start at 9 a.m. central time with the men’s college and university 6K race. At 10 a.m. the women will hit the course to compete in the 5K race. The Jayhawks welcome men’s and women’s teams from Colby Community College, Garden City Community College, Neosho Community College, Park University and Marysville University.
Although the women’s top four runners (senior Amanda Miller, junior Rebeka Stowe, junior Kara Windisch and sophomore Allie Marquis) will be watching from sidelines at Rim Rock Farm, the mix of experience and new talent will help the women to find success.
“We are looking to take care of business and win the meet on Saturday,” assistant coach Michael Whittlesey said. “However, we are also looking for some of the people that have redshirted on the women’s team to step up and see where they are at. It is also a good chance for us to see where the freshmen are. We are looking forward to having a team-focused race; we are running well as a pack. However, we need people to step up and take ownership for the team’s victory this weekend.”
Redwine and Whittlesey are also looking to the fourteen newcomers on the men’s side to find their stride at the Bob Timmons Classic.
“We are sitting out junior Donny Wasinger, junior Austin Bussing and senior Nick Capario,” Whittlesey said. “We are doing that to put more leadership responsibility on some of the younger student-athletes and take some of our athletes who have been in the five position and move them to the No. 1 position.”
Full results, along with a complete recap of the event, will be available at www.kuathletics.com following completion of the races.