PROVO -- BYU men's and women's cross country teams are both on the road this weekend. The women's team will travel to Charlotte, N.C., to compete in the Great American Cross Country Festival, and the men's team will compete in the Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn.
The women's team is coming off a strong win at the BYU Autumn Classic and will run the 5K course Friday at 7:05 p.m. Eastern time. BYU will race an A Team and a B Team; each team includes seven athletes. The A Team will include All-Americans Nan Kennard and Michaela Mannova. Also racing with the A Team will be Kassi Andersen, Lisa Antonelli, Angela Benson, Amy Bair and Autumn Classic winner Breanne Sandberg. The B Team will consist of Jamie Cottle, Suzanna Larsen, Emily Mars, Katie Martin, Katie Moon, Kristen Ogden and Tiffany Rust.
The men's team will race Saturday at noon local time in the 8K Gold Race. The Division I men's race will include about 300 runners and is one of the largest meets the team will run in this year. Athletes running for the men will be Matt Adams, Steve Barrus, Andy Carman, Chad Durham, Dan Hinkley,Jeff Hopkinson, Lewis Jones, Autumn Classic winner Kip Kangogo, Lars Kjerengtreon, Bryan Lindsay, Kyle Perry and Nathan Robison.
Both the men's and women's races will count toward at large bids to the NCAA Championships.