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Cross Country Teams Travel to Columbia for Gamecock Invitational

Cross Country Teams Travel to Columbia for Gamecock Invitational

Sept. 1, 2010

CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson men’s and women’s cross country teams will take the two and a half hour trip south to Columbia to open the 2010 season at the Gamecock Invitational on Friday at Fort Jackson. The women and men will run 5K races, beginning at 6:00 PM.

The women’s team was ranked fifth in the regional poll released earlier this week. However, several key competitors will not run this weekend, including team leader Kim Ruck. Other veterans, such as Jenna Baker, Stephanie Buffo and Alyssa Kulik, will also not be in action for the Tigers. Several newcomers will make their debuts Friday for Clemson, as will returning athletes Elyse Borisko and Sarah Turman.

The men’s team was ranked 14th in the preseason Southeast Region poll. Led by senior Chris Slate, the men feature several new faces this season. Making their debut this weekend will be an impressive group of newcomers, highlighted by 2009 USA Junior Olympic cross country champion Ty McCormack, 2009 South Carolina Gatorade Boys Runner-of-the-Year Aaron Ramirez, and Indiana all-state performer Nathan Hendershot.

Following Friday’s competition, the teams will return home for an off week before playing host to the Clemson Invitational at Musser Farms on Friday, Sept. 17.