Cross Country to Host Inaugural John Frank Memorial Invite
July 13, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State women's cross country team will kick-off its 2010 season with the inaugural John Frank Memorial Invitational held Friday, September 3. The race will start at 5:30 p.m. at Avery Park in Corvallis, and will feature the Beavers, Oregon, Portland and Portland State.
The John Frank Memorial Invitational is held in honor of John Frank who ran both cross country and track for the Beavers in the early 1980's but was tragically killed in an unfortunate industrial accident. Before coming to Oregon State, Frank was named the "California Runner of the Year" in 1980.
"We are happy to be hosting our first real invitational to start the year with the John Frank Memorial Invitational," Oregon State women's cross country head coach Kelly Sullivan said. "This will be a great early season meet with our traditional rivals and nationally ranked in-state programs here in town for the first time."
The invitational marks will be the first meet to be hosted by Oregon State since the reinstatement of the program in 2004 after being cancelled in 1987.
"John Frank was one of our programs most outstanding distance runners and team leaders who tragically passed away," Sullivan said. "I have always felt that when the day came for us to begin hosting a home invitational that naming it after John would be fitting, so I am pleased we can do so."
The course for the women will be set up at 4,500 meters consisting of three main loops of a mainly grass trail along with a finishing turn.
"We are really excited about this fall - we planned some redshirt seasons for some of the women to go along with the talented recruits and development of others for us to have a special season this fall as the schedule dictates by us going to the Roy Griak Invitational and Pre-Nationals in one year," Sullivan added.
Along with the John Frank Memorial Invitational the Beavers will be competing in seven other regular season meets during the fall. The complete schedule is as follows:
Oregon State Women's Cross Country 2010 Schedule
Friday, Sept. 3 - John Frank Memorial Invitational (Corvallis, Ore.)
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