The Quinnipiac University men's and women's cross country teams will host the annual Quinnipiac University Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 19. The women's race is set to begin at 11 a.m. on the 5K course, while the men will start at noon, running an 8K race. Ten teams accompany the Bobcats on the Quinnipiac Cross Country Course, including Yale and nine teams from the Northeast Conference. The race will begin and end at the west end of the Quinnipiac Soccer Field.
Mount St. Mary's, Central Connecticut State, Wagner, Fairleigh Dickinson, Bryant, St. Francis (N.Y.), Sacred Heart, Long Island and Monmouth will run on Saturday. Those teams will get their first looks at the course that will serve as the site of the 2009 NEC Championships on Oct. 31. Yale will be sending a split squad to Hamden on Saturday as half the team will head to Van Cortlandt Park, N.Y., to run against Iona.
This season, the Bobcats have been honored with three individual honors from the NEC. Following the first meet of the season at Stony Brook, Jamie Glover (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and Becca White (Natick, Mass.) were named the Road Runner Sports/NEC Men's and Women's Rookies of the Week. The following week, sophomore Morgan Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.) was honored as the Road Runner Sports/NEC Women's Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career after placing third at the Dartmouth Invitational. As a freshman, Roche was honored as the NEC Rookie of the Week three times before earning the 2009 Freshman of the Year award with a fourth-place finish at the conference championships.
Prior to the start of Saturday's races, the Quinnipiac University Department of Athletics and Recreation will recognize four members of the senior class running in their final Quinnipiac Invitational. Lindsey Pierret (Morristown, N.J.) and Kishori Mahulikar (Madison, Conn.) will be honored as the two seniors of the women's cross country team, while Tyler Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) and Dan Martin (Commack, N.Y.) of the men's team will also be recognized for their time with the Bobcats. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:40 a.m.
Following the conclusion of the men's race, an awards ceremony will take place outside the Quinnipiac Athletic Center.