Cross Country opens season at USC Upstate meet

BUIES CREEK, N.C. - The Campbell University cross country teams open the 2010 season this Saturday at the USC Upstate Eye Opener Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C.

The women's portion of the event will consist of a 5,000 meter race over rolling terrain, which is slated to begin at 8 a.m. The women's half of the event will use the traditional scoring system in which the top five runners will determine the team scoring.

Rachel Deline will be a name to watch out for this weekend. In six events last season, the junior from Belleville, Ontario did not finish below 20th, and notched four top ten finishes.

The men's segment will consist of an 8,000 meter race, also through rolling terrain. The men's portion of the event will use the traditional scoring system as well and will begin at 8:30 a.m. Both races are to be held at the Milliken Research Park.

Terence Attema will look to begin his senior year similar to how he began last season. Attema (Smithville, Ontario) won the first event of last season, the Campbell Invitational, and followed that up with consecutive second place finishes. DeLohnni Nicol-Samuel heads into this weekend's event following a stellar freshman season. Nicol-Samuel (Brandon, Manitoba) had four top ten finishes and finished a team best 12th at the Atlantic Sun Championships last season.

Campbell will get a preview of the Atlantic Sun Championship Course this weekend as USC Upstate will also host the conference championship on October 30.

After the Eye Opener Invitational, the Camels will head to Wilmington, N.C., on Friday, September 10, for the UNCW Seahawk Invitational. Start time is set for 6:00 p.m.