CORAL GABLES, Fla. - With the ACC Championships approaching, the University of Miami cross country teams will close out the regular season traveling to the Black and Gold Invitational on the campus of the University of Central Florida on Friday. It will be the first meet for UM since competing at the Paul Short Run on Sept. 28.
"I am expecting a strong effort in our final tune up," assistant cross country coach Damon Griffiths said. "There will be some of teams competing that have beaten us. We have to focus on being a competitive in every race situation."
The Hurricanes look to improve on their performance from their last meet at the Paul Short Run. Junior Sean Pezzulo led the men with an overall time of 25:07 in the 8k. As a team, Miami finished 34th at the meet amongst a deep field. The Hurricanes will be without their standout runner Pezzulo this weekend. Racing for the UM will be junior Like Fontaine, freshman Bert Irigoyen, sophomore Jacee Jarnagin, senior Greg Kaczka, freshman Kevin Marsh and sophomore AJ Ricketts.
"We will be resting some of our runners this meet, but this will allow for some other runners to step up," Griffiths said.
On the women's side, junior Lindsi Arrington looks to continue her strong season. Arrington led the way for the Canes last meet finishing with a time of 21:49 in the 5k. Along with Arrington, junior Brooke Dovell, senior Jennifer Estime, sophomore Julia Koch, senior Allison Ludwick junior Alaine Tate and freshman Kelly Williamson will run in the 5k for the Hurricanes.
The Black and Gold Invitational will be hosted at the University of Central Florida. The college races start at 5 and 5:40 p.m. The ACC Championships are scheduled for Oct. 27.
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