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Cross country notes

Published September 28, 2006

A handful of Pasco County teams are headed to Friday's Invitational 7, which has grown into one of the largest cross country meets in the United States.

The meet moved from Little Everglades Ranch to Ed Radice Park in Tampa mostly for financial reasons, president Jason Byrne said. "We just had some conflicts and didn't feel like we could pull off as successful a race as we could at Ed Radice," Byrne said.

Instead of a two-day event, the meet will be held Friday, going head-to-head with one of the season's biggest football weeks. The number of registered runners dipped slightly. Last year, Byrne had 5,147 registered, this year 4,270.

Runners from as far as Texas and New York will compete. The meet also represents the best barometer for the elite runners as they prepare to qualify for the state meet.

"To some extent it's more competitive than the state meet," Bryne said. "Instead of (classifications) we do things somewhat differently with the top teams and top individuals in one race." Invitational 7 schedule of events:

3 p.m. - Coaches meeting

3:50 p.m. - JV races

5:20 p.m. - Middle school races

5:40 p.m. - College women

6 p.m. - College men

6:20 p.m. - Small school races

7 p.m. - Large school races

8:05 p.m. - Opening ceremony for Elite Races

8:10 p.m. --Invitational races begin

8:50 p.m. - Race of Champions begins

9:30 p.m. - Awards Ceremony



Pasco sophomore Leeann Eble took part in her first competition since being hospitalized, running the Gulf 3x1-mile relay Monday.

Eble missed the Zak Lucas Invitational after she collapsed at the Lecanto Invitational on Sept. 16. She spent three days in the hospital while doctors monitored her heart to ensure a pre-existing condition was not the cause of her collapse.

Eble is expected to run at the Walt Disney World Classic next week.

"She hasn't got a chance to be in a bunch of races this year," her father Bill Eble said. "We're going to try and get her in shape and see where she lands."

[Last modified September 28, 2006, 07:26:17]

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