Musketeers Travel to Notre Dame for the National Catholic Invitational

Xavier men's team at the Queen City Invitational.

Xavier men's team at the Queen City Invitational.

Sept. 19, 2013

SOUTH BEND, Ind.-The Xavier University men's and women's cross country teams travel to South Bend, Ind., this Friday to compete in the 34th-annual National Catholic Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame. The race will feature thirteen Division I teams and a total of 879 runners. The Musketeers will have entrants in all three races, an open race and both women's and men's championship races.

The Xavier women look to build off of their strong opening performance as they compete against several ranked teams from the Great Lakes Region and the BIG EAST Conference. There will be nine Musketeers toeing the line in the women's championship race. Six women will compete in the open race, where they hope to build off of the momentum they established at the Flyer 5K and Queen City Invitational.

The Musketeers will be fielding a limited squad for the men's championship race. However, they look to offer competition to new BIG EAST rivals DePaul and Marquette, who will be racing alongside them. The men will also enter three men in the open race. This will be the first 8K race for the men this season, and marks the transition for the freshmen from high school racing distance to the collegiate racing distance.

Xavier has a rich history at the National Catholic Invitational, turning in strong team finishes and individual achievements. The Musketeers look to continue that tradition this year as the gun sounds at 3:30 p.m. for the open races, 4:15 p.m. for the women's championship race and 5:00 p.m. for the men's championship race.