It's Go Time for Blue Demons Cross Country
Aug. 30, 2012
CHICAGO - DePaul cross country is off and running Friday in its season opener at the Elmhurst College Earlybird Invitational meet at Eldridge Park in west suburban Elmhurst.
The start time of the women's 4K race has been reset to 6 p.m., an hour later than originally scheduled because of a weather forecast calling for excessive heat. The men's 6K race will commence at 6:45 p.m.
Eldridge Park is located at 363 W. Commonwealth Lane, just north of East Butterfield Rd. (Rt. 56) in Elmhurst.
The Blue Demons men's team will be looking for a fast start to the 2012 season by running with a pack mentality. Herald Alvarez, Max Clink, Andrew Diehn, Zak Koronkiewicz, Eddie McDaniel and Ian Sanchez are hoping to be bunched up near the front as they approach the finish line.
Diehn is a freshmen competing in his first collegiate race.
The 17-team invitational features North Central College, the NCAA Division III men's defending champion that is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division III National Coaches Top 35 Preseason Poll.
Other prominent teams on the men's side are the University of Chicago which is ranked No. 8 in the Midwest Region of the Division III preseason rankings and the University of St. Francis which is ranked No. 9 in the 2012 NAIA Men's Cross Country Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll.
On the women's side, the U. of C. is ranked No. 21 in the Division III National Coaches Preseason Poll and North Central is No. 7 in the Midwest Region of the Division III preseason rankings.
The rest of the field includes Dominican University, Trinity International, North Park, Illinois Institute of Technology, Aurora, Concordia, Moraine Valley, Trinity Christian, Illinois Benedictine, Oakton, Morton, the host Bluejays and the Elmhurst Running Club.