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10/18/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/18/2019 16:18

Cross Country Prepares for UW-La Crosse Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational

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Oct 18, 2019

Live and final results will be posted at: http://wayzataresults.com/events/details/1793

LA CROSSE, Wis. - The University of Dubuque women's and men's cross country teams will be running against strong competition at the UW-La Crosse Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 19. The meet will be held at Ettrick Golf Club. The men's race starts at 11 a.m. and the women's race will begin at 11:50 a.m.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will host the Drews Invitational which will feature 22 teams running on an 8,000-meter course while the Neubauer Invitational includes 23 teams competing on a 6,000-meter course. This marks the sixth straight year UWL has hosted the meet at the Ettrick Golf Club.

Drews won four Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) titles in cross country (1970-73). He also earned three National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-America accolades, placing sixth in 1971, ninth in 1972 and 13th in 1973. Drews was selected to the All-WIAC Team in 2011 and to the WIAC Hall of Fame in 2018.

Neubauer won two National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III cross country titles (1982, 1983) and placed sixth at the 1981 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Championships. She also won a pair of WIAC titles in cross country (1982, 1983). Neubauer placed fifth at the league championships in 1981. She was selected to the All-WIAC Team in 2011 and named to the WIAC Hall of Fame in 2015.

Ranked Competition:
UWL's men's squad is 16th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division III rankings. St. Olaf College (Minn.), also competing in this year's Drews Invitational, is ranked 19th in the country. UWL is ranked fourth in the USTFCCCA Midwest Region while St. Olaf (Minn.) is second, Luther College (Iowa) fourth, the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) sixth, Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) seventh, Bethel University (Minn.) eighth and Central College (Iowa) ninth in the USTFCCCA Central Region.

The University of Minnesota, scheduled to have a portion of its team compete at this year's meet, is ranked fifth in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Midwest Region. Iowa Central Community College and Paradise Valley Community College (Ariz.), members of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I, are running this season with Iowa Central ranked third nationally and Paradise Valley (Ariz.) 14th in the USTFCCCA National Poll.

A pair of teams competing in the Neubauer Invitational are in this week's USTFCCCA Division III Poll. St. Thomas (Minn.) is ranked 16th and St. Olaf (Minn.) 22nd. UWL is ranked seventh in the USTFCCCA Midwest Region while St. Thomas (Minn.) is third, St. Olaf (Minn.) fourth, Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) sixth, Luther (Iowa) seventh and Nebraska Wesleyan University ninth in the USTFCCCA Central Region.