Cross Country Will Host Third Annual Big 5 Invitational on Friday at Fairmount Park

Cross Country Will Host Third Annual Big 5 Invitational on Friday at Fairmount Park

Big 5 Invitational Flyer

- The Owls will host the third annual Big 5 Invitational on Friday, Sept. 12 at Belmont Plateau in West Fairmount Park. The women's 4K race will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men's 6K race at 6:00 p.m. with both teams competing against city rivals La Salle, St. Joseph's, Penn, and Villanova.

The meet was established two years ago by Temple in memory of Roswell Friend, a teammate who passed away in the summer of 2011 as he was about to begin his senior season with the Owls. "It is great to have this race in honor of Roswell," said coach James Snyder. "It is something that we plan on doing every year to remember him."

This is the first year that the Owls will be inviting cross country alumni to the event and will be having a tailgate with them and the teams after the meet has finished. "It is a great opportunity to give our kids the chance to meet the people who ran the trail before they did," said Snyder. "The same people have been using the same course for years and it's really exciting to have some alumni back in Philadelphia for the first time in decades."

On the men's side, current junior Alex Izewski was the top finisher at the event last year for Temple, placing 53rd in a time of 20:10.9. Current senior Jenna Dubrow was the top finisher for the women, posting a 24th-place finish in a time of 15:06.50.

"This race is going to be a great opportunity to see where we measure up against some of the best programs in the city," said Snyder. "It's going to be a lot of fun and I am looking forward to a great race this Friday."

Both teams began their season two weeks ago at the Covered Bridge Open, where Izewski posted a top 10 finish in 21:17.67 to lead the men to a sixth-place finish overall.

The address to use for GPS is:

West Fairmount Park
2000 Belmont Mansion Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Parking is available near the entrance to Belmont Plateau.
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