Longhorns return to Austin for Longhorn Invitational

Tyler Horka

The Texas men and women’s cross country teams, both fresh off victories at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station last Saturday, return to competition in Austin this weekend in the Longhorn Invitational.

The meet will start at 6:00 p.m. Friday at Balcones-Spicewood Country Course — the site of the Longhorns’ first victories of the season.

The Texas runners feel comfortable competing at the Austin-area course for the second time in three events, an advantage that junior Nate Moore believes will be crucial.

“We’re really familiar with all of the markers and loops on the course,” Moore said. “We know where we can make moves to break
away from the rest of the teams.”

The men’s team will participate in an 8,000-meter race at 6:30 p.m. following the women’s 5,000-meter race at 6:00 p.m.

Head coach Brad Herbster is pleased with where both teams stand heading into their last event before traveling to Louisville for the Pre-National Invitational.

“I think we’re in a good spot for this meet,” Herbster said. “For us, it’s an opportunity to get some more work in and prepare for the championship part of the season.”

The women moved up to No. 26 in the latest national Coaches poll, and the men sit just outside the top-30.

Both Texas teams will be looking to win their third event in a row to begin the season.