Oct. 1, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 9 Alabama men's cross country team will travel to the west coast to compete at the Bill Dellinger Invitational being hosted by No. 1 Oregon. The meet will take place Friday at Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Ore.
The Crimson Tide return to Oregon for the fourth straight year after finishing 4th, 3rd and 3rd in the previous three years, respectively.
As always, the 10-team field is lush with some of the top-ranked teams in the nation led by host institution Oregon who has been ranked No. 1 for two straight years now. Also competing are No. 8 Portland, No. 9 Alabama, No. 12 Brigham Young and No. 18 Cal Poly. The rest of the field includes Colorado State, San Francisco, Villanova, UTEP and Weber State.
The men's field includes three All-Americans from last year's NCAA Championships in Oregon's Luke Puskedra and Alfred Kipchumba as well as UTEP's Nicodemus Ng'etich.
In team standings at the 2008 NCAA Championships, Oregon claimed the title while Portland finished seventh, BYU was ninth, Alabama tied for 10th, Cal Poly was 23rd and Villanova was 31st.
The men will toe the line at 6:15 p.m. CT and will race on the 8,000 meter course. Results can be found at www.sml1.com/recordtiming/uo/dellinger09.