WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- As part of final preparations for the Northwest Conference Championships, the Whitman College cross country teams are hosting their annual Blue-Gold 3K Team Time Trial races this Saturday, Oct. 24, on the Martin Field track near Borleske Stadium.
| Kristen Ballinger
| Matt Kelly
The women's 3,000-meter race starts at about 9:30 a.m. with the men's race to follow soon thereafter.
The Blue-Gold event gets its name because the coaching staff divides the men's and women's rosters into two evenly matched teams. Team scoring adds a friendly bit of competition to the races.
Fans are welcome to root for their favorites, or to run in the races themselves.
A number of staff and faculty have run in the event in recent years.
Kristen Ballinger, a junior, is the defending champion in the women's race. Matthew Kelly, a senior, was the first to cross the finish line in the men's race last year.
The NWC championships are set for Saturday, Oct. 31, at McIver Park near Estacada, Ore.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org