Willamette Celebrates 30th Year of Charles Bowles Cross-Country Invitational; Races Start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bush Park

SALEM OR-The largest collegiate cross-country meet west of the Mississippi will be held this Saturday, October 2 in Bush Park beginning at 10 a.m.

Willamette University will play host to sixty-seven clubs and teams, and over one thousand runners, in the 30th annual Charles Bowles Invitational, one of the most competitive and exciting races in the country.

The meet is named for legendary Willamette cross-country coach Charles Bowles, who was responsible for creating the Bearcat tradition that lives on today.

In order to accommodate the large variety of participation and competitiveness, 1,100 runners will be spread throughout four races.

The men’s open race (DI, JC, Club, Open) will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by the men’s college race (DII, DIII, NAIA) at 10:45.

The women’s races will follow similarly at 11:30 (DI, JC, Club, Open) and 12:00 (DII, DIII, NAIA).

Awards being presented immediately after the final race.

The open races feature several nationally ranked teams. No. 26th-ranked University of Washington will bring its men’s team to mix it up after claiming the Sundodger Invitational two weeks ago. Idaho, which won the women’s title at Sundodger, will bring their 25th ranked women’s team to Salem to compete in the open division race.

Among the top individuals entered is former Oregon Duck Karl Keska. Keska, who lives in Portland, brings 9th (99’) and 13th (00’) place finishes at the World Cross Country Championships. The runner from Britain also placed eighth in the 2000 Olympic Games in the 10k.

The college races feature nearly twenty ranked teams, and welcomes back returning champions Chico State. Chico State’s men’s team is ranked 3rd nationally for NCAA Division II, and its women’s team is ranked fourth. The top NAIA women’s team is 2nd ranked British Columbia, while the men’s top NAIA team is 3rd ranked Eastern Oregon.

The host, Willamette University will race its nationally ranked men’s and women’s team in the college races. The women’s team (7th in DIII), led by cross-country All-American Kari Holbert and sophomore standout Danya Rumore, will look to be very competitive following their impressive debut two weeks ago.

The Willamette men’s team (9th in DIII) - led by steeplechase All-American Aaron Hollingshead, three-time NCAA Track & Field Champion Nick Symmonds, and senior leader Nathan O’Brien - will also go into this weekend’s meet looking to challenge the top teams.

Complete race results will be posted on the Willamette website Saturday afternoon following completion of all the races.

Ranked Teams Entered In 30th Annual The Charles Bowles Willamette University Invitational

Division I Men
26. The University of Washington Receiving votes-Portland

Division I Women
25. Idaho
Receiving Votes-The University of Washington

Division II Men
3. Chico State
13. UC San Diego
18. Edinboro

Division II Women
4. Chico State
6. Edinboro
19.UC San Diego

Division III Men
9. Willamette University

Division III Women
7. Willamette University
25. Puget Sound

NAIA Men
3. Eastern Oregon
8. British Columbia
9. Lewis-Clark State College
11. Southern Oregon
22. Lewis-Clark State College

NAIA Women
2. British Columbia
19. Eastern Oregon
21. Vanguard
24. Northwest University
Receiving Votes-Point Loma Nazarene

Canadian College Rankings (CIS) Men
1. University of Guelph
Willamette Celebrates 30th Year of Charles Bowles Cross-Country Invitational; Races Start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bush Park

SALEM OR-The largest collegiate cross-country meet west of the Mississippi will be held this Saturday, October 2 in Bush Park beginning at 10 a.m.
Willamette University will play host to sixty-seven clubs and teams, and over one thousand runners, in the 30th annual Charles Bowles Invitational, one of the most competitive and exciting races in the country.

The meet is named for legendary Willamette cross-country coach Charles Bowles, who was responsible for creating the Bearcat tradition that lives on today.

In order to accommodate the large variety of participation and competitiveness, 1,100 runners will be spread throughout four races.

The men’s open race (DI, JC, Club, Open) will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by the men’s college race (DII, DIII, NAIA) at 10:45.

The women’s races will follow similarly at 11:30 (DI, JC, Club, Open) and 12:00 (DII, DIII, NAIA).

Awards being presented immediately after the final race.

The open races feature several nationally ranked teams. No. 26th-ranked University of Washington will bring its men’s team to mix it up after claiming the Sundodger Invitational two weeks ago. Idaho, which won the women’s title at Sundodger, will bring their 25th ranked women’s team to Salem to compete in the open division race.

Among the top individuals entered is former Oregon Duck Karl Keska. Keska, who lives in Portland, brings 9th (99’) and 13th (00’) place finishes at the World Cross Country Championships. The runner from Britain also placed eighth in the 2000 Olympic Games in the 10k.

The college races feature nearly twenty ranked teams, and welcomes back returning champions Chico State. Chico State’s men’s team is ranked 3rd nationally for NCAA Division II, and its women’s team is ranked fourth. The top NAIA women’s team is 2nd ranked British Columbia, while the men’s top NAIA team is 3rd ranked Eastern Oregon.

The host, Willamette University will race its nationally ranked men’s and women’s team in the college races. The women’s team (7th in DIII), led by cross-country All-American Kari Holbert and sophomore standout Danya Rumore, will look to be very competitive following their impressive debut two weeks ago.

The Willamette men’s team (9th in DIII) - led by steeplechase All-American Aaron Hollingshead, three-time NCAA Track & Field Champion Nick Symmonds, and senior leader Nathan O’Brien - will also go into this weekend’s meet looking to challenge the top teams.

Complete race results will be posted on the Willamette website Saturday afternoon following completion of all the races.

Ranked Teams Entered In 30th Annual The Charles Bowles Willamette University Invitational

Division I Men
26. The University of Washington Receiving votes-Portland

Division I Women
25. Idaho
Receiving Votes-The University of Washington

Division II Men
3. Chico State
13. UC San Diego
18. Edinboro

Division II Women
4. Chico State
6. Edinboro
19.UC San Diego

Division III Men
9. Willamette University

Division III Women
7. Willamette University
25. Puget Sound

NAIA Men
3. Eastern Oregon
8. British Columbia
9. Lewis-Clark State College
11. Southern Oregon
22. Lewis-Clark State College

NAIA Women
2. British Columbia
19. Eastern Oregon
21. Vanguard
24. Northwest University
Receiving Votes-Point Loma Nazarene

Canadian College Rankings (CIS) Men
1. University of Guelph

Canadian College Rankings (CIS) Women
1. University of Guelph

Canadian College Rankings (CIS) Women
1. University of Guelph