Cross Country Teams Geared for Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational, Men Now 11th in Region

Nicole Squatrito (Photo by David Dermer)
Nicole Squatrito (Photo by David Dermer)

After an idle week, the Youngstown State men's and women's cross country teams are geared to run at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational, Friday, Sept. 28, at the University of Notre Dame.

Start Times
Women's Blue Division (5K) - 1 p.m.
Men's Blue Division (5 Mile) - 1:45 p.m.
Women's Open Division (5K) - 2:30 p.m.
Men's Open Division (5 Mile) - 2:30 p.m.
Women's Gold Division (5K) - 3:15 p.m.
Men's Gold Division (5 Mile) 4 p.m.

Men's Field
In the men's Gold Division Race, the Penguins will be taking on some of the top teams in the nation, including Baylor, Clemson, LSU, Great Lakes Region foes No. 10 Indiana State, No. 13 Central Michigan and No. 14 Eastern Michigan and Horizon League foe Green Bay.

Women's Field
The women's Gold Division Race includes schools Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, South Carolina, UTEP, and Western Michigan and Horizon League foes IUPUI and Green Bay.

Men Now 11th
The Youngstown State men's team climbed on spot to No. 11 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Great Lakes Region Poll.

Scott Impressing Early On
In her first two collegiate races, freshman Mackenzie Scott has paced the Penguins in each meet. At the Tommy Evans Invitational on Sept. 8, Scott finished 10th with a time of 18:45 and guided the Penguins to a fourth-place finish. A week later at the Auto Owners Spartan Invitational, Scott ran a team-best 22:48.6 and placed 29th. 

Burns, Sullivan Pacing Men
Seniors Allen Burns and Ryan Sullivan are both off to fantastic starts in 2018. Each have two top-10 finishes in each of their two competitions this season. Burns finished second at the Tommy Evans Invitational with a time of 19:54 and Sullivan placed sixth in 20:04 to lead the Penguins to their first Evans invite title. At the Auto Owners Spartan Invitational, Sullivan placed fourth and was the top attached Division I finisher with a time of 25:09.8 while Burns posted a time of 25:22.8 and finished eighth.

Up Next
Next week, the women compete at the Disney World Classic, Oct. 6, while the men are idle and run again at the Wisconsin Pre-Nationals in Madison, Wis., on Oct. 13.