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Oct 03, 2019

Clemson to Face Nation’s Best at Joe Piane-Notre Dame Invitational

Clemson, S.C. – The Clemson cross country teams will participate in one of the country’s premier events on Friday, running in the Joe Piane-Notre Dame Invitational. The meet features race distances of 5k for the women and five miles for the men. This will be the lone race at the five-mile distance for the men’s team this season. Clemson has competed in this meet in six of the past 10 years.

The teams are coming off of a successful run at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational two weeks ago, with the women finishing third as a team and the men finishing fourth. Logan Morris and John Ward were the top finishers for the women’s and men’s team, respectively.


Meet Name: 64th Joe Piane-Notre Dame Invitational

Where: Burke Golf Course // Notre Dame, Ind.

When: Oct. 4th, 2019

Start Times – Women: 3:15 PM (ET) // Men: 4:00 PM (ET)

Live Stats are available here.

Course maps are available to be viewed here.

Women's Notes

  • Morris will take to the course as one of the pre-race favorites, as the junior is one of the highest-ranked runners in the country.
  • Mikie Harris looks to continue a stellar season, with the junior being a consistent low-stick for the Tigers through their first two races.
  • The Tigers found great success at this meet last season, with eight athletes walking away with personal bests and three coming away with season bests.
  • Brianna Hartley, Carly McGlinn and Andrea Foster all made their debut in cross country for Clemson at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational.
  • The women will partake in the Women’s Gold Race, facing off against 25 opponents. Clemson will be the lone ACC representative.

Men's Notes

  • The men’s team will feature Ward as the team’s front-runner heading into the race, as the junior finished 15th overall at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational.
  • Junior Colt Griffith will look to aid Ward in guiding the young Clemson team throughout the race, with Griffith being one of the top performers on the team.
  • Jackson Leech will look to continue a stellar freshman campaign, as he has been a part of the Tigers’ scoring efforts in each meet. Leech was the second Tiger to cross the line at Virginia Tech.
  • Four athletes who competed at this race last year return to the 2019 team for Clemson. All four returners earned personal best times at this event last year.
  • The men’s team will toe the line with 20 other teams, being the sole ACC squad at the line when the starter’s gun fires.