EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE homecoming continues Saturday as the SIUE women's and men's cross country teams play host to the fifth annual John Flamer Invitational.
The race is named after the program's first-ever coach as an appreciation for his contributions to the program. The women's 6K begins at 10 a.m., and the men's 8K follows at 10:45 a.m.
This is the third race of the season and the only home meet of the season for the Cougars.
"In our training we have focused mainly on closing the gaps, both men and women, from the No. 1 to the No. 7 runner," SIUE Assistant Coach Kayla Brown said.
The SIUE men won the race last season with Keith Meyer placing second individually. The SIUE women took third as a team last year at this event with Erin Kennedy leading the way in ninth place.
"We have a challenging course," said Brown. "It is good we can utilize it in our training. There are parts of the course that we recognize better than our opponents because of all of the workouts we have done. We have worked on how we can better respond to the more difficult parts of the course."
Also competing in the meet are Missouri Baptist, Saint Joseph's, Saint Louis and Washington (Mo.).