LUBBOCK, Texas – The Nuttycombe Invitational on the campus of Wisconsin is the next stop for Texas Tech's cross country squad. The women's team will race Friday afternoon at 12:20 p.m., and will be followed by the men's team at 1 p.m.
Perennially one of the best meets in the country, the Nuttycombe will feature 15 of the top-30 teams in the nation. It will also allow the Red Raiders to go head-to-head with other Big 12 programs for the first time this season, including power programs Iowa State and Texas.
"This is by far the best meet in the country this weekend, and probably one of the best meets in the nation this year outside of pre-nationals," head coach Jon Murray said.
For Murray, though, the focus needs to remain on Tech.
"The main thing is to look at what we're doing," said Murray. "They've been training very hard. We're going to make sure they have confidence. They know they've been training as well as they can, so they should be able to compete as hard as they can."
The Red Raiders are coming off a sweep of the Texas Tech Open, where both the men's and women's squads took first place. Miguel Bautista won the men's 8k in dominating fashion, crossing nearly 40 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
"He's been just what we expected," Murray said of Bautista. "He's had a week off, and here he is coming back and looking good. This weekend is where we are really going to see what he can do. Being exposed to some of the best in the nation will really set it up."
The women's team did not have the individual winner, but, paced by sophomore Lauren Offerman, they placed eight runners inside the top-20 to take the team title. The young team had two freshmen – Jazmyn Martinez and Binta Ka – score at the meet, and another freshman, Natalie Gomez, was the sixth runner for Tech.
"We'll see how this young group develops," Murray said when speaking about the women's team. "We'll probably have a freshman in our top-five, which will be a big deal. A freshman in the top-five is a big deal, so we'll see how they respond."
The Nuttycombe Invitational will be streamed via FloTrack here. Live results will be available here.