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Race Preview: Penn State Greater Allegheny Invitational

Race Preview: Penn State Greater Allegheny Invitational

McKeesport, Pa – The Penn State Greater Allegheny Cross Country team is back in action Saturday September 16th at 10 a.m. when they take part in the 6th annual Penn State Greater Allegheny Invitational.

In last season’s PSUGA Invitational, Fernando Leira (Madrid, Spain/Great Mills (md.)) would pace the PSUGA Cross Country runners coming in 17th overall out of 52 total runners with a time of 32:35. He was followed close behind by former Lion Michael Risnear who finished 25th overall with a time of 33:35 over the 8K course. Despite the great times posted by Leira and Risnear, PSUGA did not crack the top three in the event.

This season, Leira is back and has already shown signs of success here in the 2017/18 season. PSUGA Cross Country participated in their first race of the season on Saturday September 9th when they ran in the Westmoreland County Community College Invitational. Leira came in 22nd overall in that race with a time of 20:15, a personal best for Leira at PSUGA, over the 5.1K course.

This year’s PSUGA invitational features 12 teams taking part in the contest. The women will run a 5K course (3.1 miles) and the men will run an 8K course (5 miles) that will take them through the rolling hills of the Penn State Greater Allegheny campus. The 12 teams that are competing in Saturday’s contest include:

            Truett-McConnell

            Carlow

            Westmoreland County Community College

            Community College of Allegheny County

            Frostburg State

            Community College of Beaver County

            PSU-Dubois

            PSU-Fayette

            PSU-Greater Allegheny

            Pitt Club Team

            Kent State-Tuscarawas

            Penn Highlands

The race is set to begin at 10 a.m. down by the Giant Eagle located at 3812 Oneil Blvd. After the race there will be a banquet dinner in the Ostermayer building on campus that is set to begin at approximately 11:30 a.m.