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BYU cross-country: Cougars face top teams at Notre Dame Invitational

By Lorie Garnett

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3 2013 11:35 a.m. MDT

The BYU women’s cross-country team is heading to Indiana this weekend for the 58th Annual Notre Dame Invitational. BYU, ranked No. 28 by the USTFCCCA, will be racing alongside seven other nationally ranked NCAA Division I teams Friday.

“It’s going to be a great race with some of the top teams,” head coach Patrick Shane said. “We’re going to have an opportunity to compete against some great competition.”

Other teams participating include No. 2 Florida State, No. 4 Duke, No. 15 New Mexico, No. 19 Notre Dame, No. 20 Butler, No. 24 conference rival San Francisco and No. 30 Princeton.

BYU has a team goal to qualify for the NCAA nationals this year, and its performance at the Notre Dame Invitational this weekend will be a good indicator of its chances for qualifying.

BYU turned in an impressive performance two weeks ago at the Autumn Classic with the first five Cougars finishing in the top 10 and the first 10 in the top 20. The invitational this weekend will be much deeper and provide more competition to test the squad’s talent.

Runners this weekend include Nicole Nielsen, Lindsey Sowards Nielson, Andrea Nelson Harrison, Natalie Shields, Sarah Yingling, Maren Fassmann, Rachel Stewart, Makenna Smith and Jennica Redd.

The race will take place Friday afternoon at 4:15 ET. Complete results will be available on UND's website following the final races Friday evening.

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