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Ohio Cross Country Prepares for Virginia Tech Invite’s Hills

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Ohio University’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will be in action this weekend. The Virginia Tech Alumni Invite in Blacksburg, VA will play host to the Bobcats this weekend.

The women will be racing in a 6k while the men race in an 8k. The 6k event will host 16 teams, including MAC school Akron, while the 8k plays host to 11 schools, where once again Akron will be the only other MAC school competing with OHIO.

For both teams, success will be found in how well they strategize the meet. The Bobcats will have to make sure that while they get off the line fast, they do not over-exert themselves and run out of gas before the event is over.

Virginia Tech does play host to one of the more challenging courses and the hills of Blacksburg will make for an adjustment.

“This course is a bit more challenging, it’s one of our tougher ones on the year, as far as the topography goes, it is one our more hilly courses,” said Head Coach Clay Calkins.

Due to the challenging nature of the course, training has been geared in such a way as to prepare for the obstacles the course presents.

“The training has been geared on the men’s side for some acclimation to the hills, they were up in The Ridges yesterday doing some training just to get the body used to that terrain,” said Calkins.

Virginia Tech Alumni Invite will draw a strong field which will present both teams with good teams to gauge their competition with. Both teams recording third-place finishes last weekend, the teams roll into Friday night’s meet with the confidence.