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ND Cross Country: Irish host championships

Sam Davis | Friday, September 14, 2007

Notre Dame’s Burke Golf Course will host the 28th annual National Catholic Cross Country Championships today at 4 p.m.

The event, which was inaugurated by Irish coach Joe Piane and run at Notre Dame, has been dominated by the host squad in the past. The men’s team has won 16 of the last 19 championships, while the women have 13 of the last 15, including the last four.

The Irish men’s lineup features several runners who did not compete in the season-opening Crusader Invitational in Valparaiso, Ind., including seniors Brett Adams and Mike Popejoy, sophomore Greg Kiley and junior Chris Rodriguez, who took the individual title at the Crusader Invite, will also run for Notre Dame.

The women’s lineup features two freshmen – Marissa Treece and Theresa Cattuna – in addition to upperclassmen like senior Ann Mazur.

The National Catholic Championship is one of two home meets for the Irish this season. Notre Dame will also host the Notre Dame Invitational Sept. 28.

The women’s race will begin at 4:15 p.m. The men’s race will follow at 5 p.m.