Indiana Women's Cross Country Adds Inaugural Bill Dellinger Invitational to Schedule
Aug. 25, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana will compete in the inaugural Bill Dellinger Invitational, hosted by the University of Oregon. The 6,000-meter race is slated for Friday, Sept. 29 on Pre's Trail at Alton Baker Park in Eugene and is set to begin at 8:20 p.m. Eastern. The meet at Oregon will replace the Murray Keating Invitational, hosted by the University of Maine, on Sept. 30.
"We usually go to the Roy Griak Invitational," head coach Judy Wilson said, "but this year, we thought it would be a good experience to compete against some tough teams from different regions that we don't usually see."
In its inaugural year, the race is named for legendary former Oregon men's track and field coach Bill Dellinger. Dellinger, a two-time NCAA champion for the Ducks, was a three-time Olympian and 1964 bronze medalist in the 5,000m, and held two world indoor records and six American records. As the Oregon men's cross country head coach from 1968-98, Dellinger guided the Ducks to four NCAA team titles among their 12 top-three NCAA finishes, along with 45 cross country All-America honors.
The invitational will host some of the top cross country teams in the nation, including Arkansas, four-time NCAA champion Brigham Young, Butler, Duke, two-time NCAA champion and host Oregon, Portland, UCLA, Utah State, Wake Forest and Washington. Duke ended last season at No. 1 in the FinishLynx NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country poll, while BYU finished the season ranked eighth and Arkansas ended the season as the No. 16 team in the nation.
The Hoosiers, led by two-time All-American Jessica Gall, open the season with the Indiana Community 5k on Friday, Sept. 1 on the world-class Indiana Cross Country Course. The race is open to the public and slated to begin at 6 p.m.
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