Sept. 29, 2003
THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa women’s cross country team travels to Salem, OR, to compete in the Willamette University Cross Country Invitational. The 5,000-meter race will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bush Park.
AT-LARGE CONSIDERATION — The Willamette Invitational will be Iowa’s first opportunity to earn recognition for an at-large postseason bid. The top two finishers from each NCAA Regional Championship earn automatic bids to the NCAA Championships. The final Championship competitors are selected on an at-large basis.
HAWKEYE RUNNERS — Hawkeye runners competing at the Willamette Invitational include Sarah Arens, Atalie Barber, Jenni Capista, Nikki Chapple, Katie Donlon, Christine Kotarba, Georgia Millward and Shannon Stanley.
IOWA FOES — The Hawkeyes will face NCAA Division I schools, Junior Colleges, club teams and individuals competing unnattached. Notable Division I opponents include Hawaii, Marquette, Nevada, Oregon, Portland, Portland State and Santa Clara.
HAWKEYE COACH Layne Anderson – Layne Anderson enters his first season as Iowa women’s head cross country coach. Anderson served as the head men’s and women’s cross country coach and assistant track coach at Auburn University prior to joining the Iowa staff. During his tenure at Auburn, he coached seven all-Americans, two SEC champions and 58 academic all-SEC performers.
QUOTING COACH ANDERSON — “We are going against good competition. Probably the best competition we are going to see talent wise. The girls are very excited. We have our running legs underneath us and this is a fast course so it is a great opportunity for us to reach midseason form. This really could be a break out meet for us.”