Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific Cross Country team continues its 2011 campaign as the squad travels to Eureka, Calif. for the Humboldt Invite on Saturday, September 10.
The race will be a 6K event, held on a much flatter surface than last week's run. Head coach Josh Jones is excited for Pacific's first trip to the Humboldt Invite saying, "it should be a nice atmosphere, with a beautiful countryside right on the coast." He added this race will help his runners because, "there will be some trail running, which makes the athletes feel like they are running faster and helps build confidence."
Jones expects tougher competition this week, but feels his team is up to the challenge saying, "the girls have a state of mind that they want to compete this year. We have a set of student-athletes that are not just runners, but competitors."
Last week, at the Battle of the Bay, freshman Katie Castro opened the season individually placing 10th with a time of 24:14, and led the Tigers to a fourth place team finish. Jones is anticipating another strong race from his freshman saying, "after her first performance on a hilly and challenging course, I am anticipating a really good time."
Then he talked about sophomore Melissa Hopper, who recovering from an ankle injury finished the season-opener with a 25:30 time and 22nd overall finish. He said, "Hopper's ankle is healthier, and she should have a huge improvement from last week."
Up next for the Tigers is the Mill XC Invite in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, September 17.