Gophers Set for Oz Memorial Run

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The Gopher women's cross country team will participate in its first race of the regular season when it hosts the Oz Memorial Run on Friday, Sept. 7. The event will start with a men's 6K race at 4:30 p.m., followed by a women's 6K race at 5 p.m.

In addition to Minnesota, other participating teams will be Drake, Minnesota State Mankato, Minnesota Duluth, Northern Iowa and South Dakota State. In all, 144 women are expected to cover the course at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn.

The Gophers competed in the annual intrasquad race last weekend, and are looking forward to officially kicking off the season this weekend. "I feel like we all feel really good after intrasquad,"  said Laura Docherty, the winner of last week's intrasquad meet. "We shook some dust off, and I think people are remembering how to race and are excited for the Oz."

Because the intrasquad race last weekend covered a 5K course, the Oz Memorial Run will be the team's first chance to compete on a 6K course this season. Another change from last weekend's intrasquad meet was that the team wore training shoes, but will wear flat race shoes this week at the Oz Memorial.

The Oz Memorial Run is named after Gary Osborn, the longtime Drake women's track and field and cross country coach who died in 2000. Osborn was a longtime friend of Minnesota head coach Gary Wilson.

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