MSU Cross Country Squads Return to Action

STARKVILLE, Miss. - For the first time in nearly three weeks, the Mississippi State cross country teams return to action on Friday, Oct. 1. The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs head north to South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame Invitational.<P>

The women's blue division race begins at the Burke Memorial Golf Course at 3:15 p.m. (CST), with the men following at 4 p.m. (CST).

Both squads are seeking to improve on their finishes from the previous year. The Lady Bulldogs finished 10th in the 21 team race, while the men's squad finished 20th out of 23 teams.

For Steve Dudley's men, this race will be a true test of the rest of the year. The Bulldogs will without a doubt face their stiffest competition of the season. Of all the teams entered in Friday's race, eight are ranked among the top 40 in the country, including No. 2 Stanford. Other SEC teams running in the event include Alabama and Florida.

"Notre Dame is a good opportunity to see how much we've improved from last year," Dudley said. "This will be our most competitive meet of the year. This race features teams ranked in the top 40 in the country. We should expect good things and some possible upsets."

The Lady Bulldogs, who entered this week's regional rankings at No. 7, will face competition from SEC foes Florida and Vanderbilt. However, the biggest name in the race is No. 1 Stanford. Along with the Cardinal, Al Schmidt's squad will face eight other schools ranked in the top 40.

"It is a meet we wait for each year to evaluate ourselves against conference foes and five to 10 of the best teams in the country," Schmidt said. "Both Florida and Vanderbilt will be there, and they are ranked just ahead of us in the South Region. We will see our progress towards the SEC Championships out of this meet."

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