The Lawrence Technological University men's and women's cross country teams travel to Oberlin, Ohio this Saturday, October 19th to run in the Inter-Regional Rumble hosted by Oberlin College (Ohio).
The course itself is flat and usually results in a fast pace. The men will be running an 8k while the women's is running a 5k distance. In the race, opponents will range from NCAA DII to NCAA DIII to NAIA programs, creating a tough ground for the Blue Devils.
For the ladies, it is the last 6k the ladies will run, going down to their competitive distance of 5k. This allows Darbey Johnson one more opportunity to break the freshmen record for the 6k, which she is only seconds behind. Head Coach Eric Green is excited for the ladies to run this race, "This is a very cool meet that we like to come to because of the competition and it being a fast-flat course. We have been working on a lot of speed the past couple of weeks and I look forward to some fast times. Not only this, but Darbey is looking forward to potentially besting the record with being so close to it."
The guys side of things, Nolan McGahan has an opportunity to best the school record after breaking the freshman record at the Louisville meet. The rest of the team has an opportunity to best their fastest times with the speed in the course.
For the WHAC, Green talks about taking this week to prepare for their opponents, especially with the next few races being very important, "Most of our conference teams are off this weekend so this gives us a opportunity to better our times and place within our conference before the Great Lakes Invitational, which most of the teams will be competing at next week. It will be a preview to the conference meet that will be run on the same course at Riverside Park on November 9th."
The ladies of LTU start running in Oberlin at Noon on Saturday while the men start off before them at 11:15.