CORVALLIS, Ore. – Following consecutive meets in the state of California, the Oregon State cross country team won’t have far to travel on Friday afternoon, Oct. 25, when they compete in the Beaver Classic at Avery Park in Corvallis, Ore. The women’s 6K race is schedule to begin at 4 p.m.
The event, the team’s final one before the Pac-12 Championships on Nov. 2, is hosted by the Corvallis Running Project and features numerous collegiate teams from the Northwest in addition to open, club and other professional runners.
“It should be quick since it has been pretty dry,” assistant coach Laura Harmon said. “Last year it was a little bit muddier, but Friday should be really nice – a perfect day to go out and have a great race. [Since it’s at Avery Park] it’s nice to have people out there supporting you who aren’t able to go to some of the other meets we travel to.”
Oregon State will field a six-person lineup in the race in addition to two runners competing unattached. Monica Anderson, Adrienne Demaree, Haley Hunt, Lacey London, Chelsa McDonnell and Kelsi Schaer will don the Orange & Black singlet. Sophomores Samantha Lewis and Morgan Anderson will run unattached.
“It’s another opportunity to compete and is no different than the first meet back in September,” head coach Kelly Sullivan said. “We’ll have six really good women running in uniform and we haven’t always had that in the past. In a lot of ways it shows our depth. They should do really well team-wise.”
At last season’s Beaver Classic OSU finished fifth as a team behind Victoria, Portland, Portland State and a team from the Corvallis Running Project. Two Oregon State participants from that 2012 race will also run tomorrow. Samantha Lewis, who also ran unattached last year, finished ninth (22:22) and Lacey London 20th (22:45).
That duo used their successful appearances at their home meet last season to propel them to the 2012 Pac-12 Championships. Lewis, in fact, competed unattached in her first three collegiate meets last year, concluding with the Beaver Classic, before running in uniform for OSU at the conference meet and the NCAA West Regional.
This will be the first race in 2013 for Lewis and London, as well as senior Chelsa McDonnell.
“They have been working through some things this season,” Harmon said of the three. “But they’ve been able to put some good training together and we’re going to test their fitness and see where they are.”
This will be the second 6K of the season for Monica Anderson, Demaree and Hunt, who all ran at the Sundodger Invite in Seattle on Sept. 14. Morgan Anderson’s only other appearance in 2013 came at the 5K Charles Bowles Invitational on Oct. 5, where she ran 18:26.50.
Schaer will be running her third race at this distance this season. Her best 6K time thus far also came at the Sundodger Invite, when she crossed the finish line in 22:18.
The course, which has a phenomenal layout allowing spectators to follow the action, is a picturesque 2K grass loop that is relatively flat. The women will run that circle three times to complete the 6K.