Cross Country Teams to Run in Rhodes Invitational
Sept. 29, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis cross country team will stay a little closer to home for its meet this weekend when it runs in the Rhodes Invitational at Plough Park on Saturday.
First year cross country coach Mike Power is enthusiastic about the progress his team is making everyday in practice.
"This was honestly the best week of training we have had so far," said Power. "Hopefully, we can carry that over into the race tomorrow."
After establishing herself as one of the Lady Tigers most consistent runners last season, sophomore Emily Malinowski has stepped up to lead her team in the first two meets of 2006. The New York native finished second overall last weekend at the UALR Open.
On the men's side a pair of Tigers is competing to be the squad's top runner. Sophomores Juan Arboleda and Geoff Standen have emerged each led the team in one meet this year. Standen finished 29th at the Western Kentucky Old Timers' Classic, while Arboleda stepped up last week to take 13th place at the UALR Open.
The Rhodes Invitational will be the first of two consecutive local meets for Memphis. The team will compete in the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic on Oct. 7.
"Everyone is excited about staying close to home, and I really think it's an advantage to us to not have to travel very far," said Power. "Tomorrow I'd like to see us begin to run with a little more consistency."