Sept. 25, 2012
CHICAGO - Following a strong showing at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships, the Loyola University Chicago men's and women's cross country teams are preparing to host the 40th annual Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational at Montrose Beach in Chicago. The meet, which will be expanded to two days for the first time in the history of the event, will feature elementary and middle school racing on Friday evening, with the high school and college portion scheduled to begin on Saturday morning.
"This event provides an excellent opportunity for our student-athletes to run in front of their friends and families," said coach Randy Hasenbank. "The unique setting of the lakefront coupled with the iconic Chicago skyline contributes to what I see as Chicago's premier cross country event."
The university division features a full field, showcasing over 50 teams on both the men's and women's sides. Big Ten Conference powers Wisconsin and Purdue will be present, along with regional rivals UIC, Chicago State and Northern Illinois.
"Strong fields have been established on both the men's and women's sides," stated Hasenbank. "We look forward to racing against some ranked squads from both the Midwest and Great Lakes regions, along with also getting the opportunity to compete against regional rival Northern Illinois and conference foe UIC."
The collegiate races, beginning at 11:45 a.m. (women, 5000m) and 12:15 p.m. (men, 8000m), will conclude a full two days of competition. Over 900 elementary and middle school runners will compete on Friday evening, with the first race scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Competition on Saturday will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will include intramural races and three different levels of high school events before the college races begin. The day will close at 1:00 p.m. with the first annual Loyola Rambler 5K, which will be open to all students, alumni, faculty, staff and the general public.
A complete schedule of events can be found on Loyola's cross country website and updated results will be posted on www.loyolaramblers.com upon completion of the meet on Saturday.