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Cross country ready after week off

<ross country team rested last weekend, opting for a third workout rather than another 8-kilometer race.

The Knights will send the most complete team they have fielded this season to Wartburg College’s Dan Huston Invitational tomorrow in Waverly, Iowa.

Mother Nature plans to challenge the Carleton harriers with cold, rain and possibly even snow.

The forecast for the 11:30 am start time calls for temperatures in the high 30’s, with a 60 percent chance for precipitation. The largest detriment to fast racing conditions may be the projected 15 mile per hour wind.

However, the Knights do not balk at the sight of muddy terrain strong winds. In unfavorable conditions at last year’s NCAA Central Region Championships, the Fellahs outperformed all expectations to finish 10th.

Charlie Gamble ’10 and John Davis ’11 form a stellar 1-2 punch that has led the Knights for most of the last two years. The pair have enjoyed excellent workouts since their last competition.

Davis set a new team record by running 10 miles in an aerobic threshold run each of the past two Mondays, while Gamble became the first Carl to do seven Ambroe miles.

Carleton will look for clutch performances from youngsters Bobby Davis ’13, Josh Campbell ’13, Kian Flynn ’12 and Dylan Cheever ’13, who have also had a great two weeks of practice.

Blake Hansen ’10, Michael Knudson ’11 and Reid McMurry ’13 could make their season debuts tomorrow. Also look for a strong performance from Famous Johnson ’12, who has run Arb 8 numerous times in the last two weeks.

The Fellahs will be without captain Chris Marshall ’10, who is taking the physics GRE tomorrow, and Chas Karch ’13, who will be in California attending a funeral.

After Wartburg, the Carls will host the Running of the Cows in the upper arb next Saturday. The meet’s defending champion Knights will take on a talented and much-improved Cornell squad, as well as Winona State, who is not very good.

Even though the meet is called the Running of the Cows, head coach Dave Ricks said he does not believe there will be any actual cows competing.

The home meet will mark the end of the Knights’ regular season. The MIAC Championship takes place October 31st at Como Park in St. Paul.

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