CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland State cross country team will return to action Friday afternoon, participating in the Jenna Strong Fall Classic in Wilmington, Ohio. The women's 5K race is slated to start at 4:30 p.m. at the Wilmington College Cross Country Course.
Last Time Out
After having to reorganize the weekend's schedule due to weather conditions in the Southeastern part of the United States, the Vikings competed at the Storm Invitational hosted by Lake Erie last Saturday. The race, which was scheduled to be a 6K, was shortened to a short-course race, with Karen Barrientos finishing the 4.3K course in a time of 16:43 to finish sixth overall. Ashlyn Woods also notched a top-10 finish placing ninth in a time of 17:03, while Olivia Hammons (17:57) rounded out the top-three finishers for Cleveland State.
Top-Two Viking Finishers
Through all six races so far this season the Vikings have had the same top-two finishers, as Karen Barrientos has been Cleveland State's top finisher and Ashlyn Woods has placed second in all six races. Barrientos has recorded top-30 individual finishes in all six races, including a first place finish at the LHU Invitational. Woods has finished among the top-55 individuals in every race so far this season, with a season-best finish coming last weekend.
Final Tune-Up Before Horizon League Championship
Friday's Jenna Strong Fall Classic will be the final tune-up for the Vikings before the 2016 Horizon League Championship, and will be the final 5K race of the season for Cleveland State. This year's Horizon League title race is slated for Saturday, October 29, and will be hosted by Milwaukee at the Wayne Dannehl XC Course in Parkside, Wis.
Jenna Strong Fall Classic
The 2016 edition of the Jenna Strong Fall Classic – formerly called the Wilmington Fall Classic – will be the fourth honoring former Wilmington student-athlete Jenna Parlette, who tragically passed away in 2013. The race will support epilepsy awareness, something that Jenna worked tirelessly to support.