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Cross country preps for nationals race

Story first appeared on edinboronow.com on Nov. 18, 2015 and in the Edinboro University Spectator on Nov. 19, 2015.

Edinboro cross country will be on the national stage this weekend.

Among the Scots is a runner that may already be in the national spotlight.

Edinboro cross country wraps up its 2015 campaign at the 2015 Division II National Championships this Saturday in Joplin, Missouri. Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams will be competing.

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Ida Narbuvoll and Edinboro cross country is set to compete in the 2015 NCAA Divison II National Cross Country Championships on Saturday (Contributed Photo/Edinboro University Sports Information).

Individually, freshman member of the women’s squad Ida Narbuvoll will be a part of many conversations happening around the nation as the Norway native earned the PSAC women’s individual championship and the Atlantic Region women’s individual crown in her first year in collegiate cross country. Additionally, she was named the PSAC and Atlantic Region Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year, based on her performance this year.

Third-year head coach Rick Hammer believes that Narbuvoll has worked her way into the “national conversation,” however, Narbuvoll isn’t sure what to expect this Saturday.

“I haven’t run a national race before. In every race you just have to go out there and run. Run as fast as you can and basically that is the plan,” she said last week.

The women’s squad is coming off a 15th place finish in the team competition at last year’s national race in Louisville, Kentucky. Kasey Jones, who is still competing in track and field, was the highest finisher for the women’s squad a year ago as she placed 20th.

Edinboro won the PSAC team title and finished second in the Atlantic Region Championships earlier this month.

In addition to Narbuvoll, Emma Sullivan and Anna Hosel look to be athletes to watch for Edinboro in the women’s race.

For the men, the Fighting Scots finished third at the Atlantic Region Championships to nab the final qualifying spot for the national championships, after finishing fifth as a team in the PSAC Championships last month, an “all-time low” for the program, according to Hammer.
The group finished 15th at nationals a year ago as well.

Individually, senior Elliot Martykniewicz finished third at the regional race and now prepares for his finale as a Fighting Scot.

“It’s exciting,” he said last week. “I’m really looking forward to getting out there and lining up with the guys one last time. It is bitter sweet. I still have some goals to accomplish there, but at the same time it is an exciting feeling. It’s just one last shot.”

Additionally, sophomore Corey Wefing and junior Jon Gusew hope to have strong finishes to their season on Saturday.

With just days remaining before the meet, Hammer said most of the preparation has been done.

“We talked with the women and the men and we said that the bulk of our work is done,” he concluded. “The hay is in the barn. We’ve developed our volume and our aerobe- capacity pretty much as much as we can prior to the national championships. Leading up we are going to spend that time addressing certain things. 10,000 meters and 6,000 meters, respectively, measure the same, whether you measure them in August or November.”

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