On Saturday, October 17 starting at 12:30 p.m., Penn State Worthington Scranton will host the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) State Championship Cross Country meet.
The event will feature over 10 campuses and universities, with a minimum of 125 runners competing. The women's team competition begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by the men's team, which has a 1:15 p.m. start.
Over the past few seasons, Penn State Worthington Scranton has made great strides in the PSUAC.
In Fall, 2007 the women's cross country team captured the campus' first PSUAC Cross Country Championship title, and was named PSUAC League Champions. Also that year, Gary Edstrom, women's cross country coach, was named a PSUAC Coach of the Year.
Last year, the women's team again snagged the state championship title and represented the PSUAC at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association's national championship in Buena Vista, VA.
Also last year, one of the women's team members, Samantha Snead, made headlines after setting four PSUAC course records, winning an individual PSUAC state title and placing second at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association's (USCAA) National Championship meet in Virginia.
Ms. Snead, now a junior at University Park, was named to the University Park women's cross country team and is the first female athlete in Penn State Worthington Scranton's history to be offered the opportunity to move on to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I level from the PSUAC.
Also last year, the men's cross country team earned an at-large bid to the national meet, with the campus team's top 10 men runners going to nationals. They finished second at that PSUAC championship meet, with an overall record of 36 wins and 5 losses.