EDWARDSVILLE – The SIUE men's cross country team opens its 2014 season Friday at the EIU Walt Crawford Open in Charleston at 5:30 p.m.
The Cougars' roster is a mix of seasoned upperclassmen and talented incoming freshmen, according to head coach Eileen McAllister.
"I think we're under the radar. The freshmen have shown a tremendous amount of talent and heart, and I expect them to compete for top spots," said McAllister.
Luke Padesky is the lone senior on the team.
"He had a tremendous summer and is healthier than he has ever been," said McAllister.
Clint Kliem and Nick Moore are the two top returners on the squad, both juniors. Last season, Kliem was SIUE's first All-Ohio Valley Conference performer with a 10th place finish at the OVC Championships.
"They are both prepared and competing for that top spot," said McAllister.
"Scott overcame a significant injury last year and having him back will be huge," said McAllister. "Keith had a great freshmen season and has been progressively training at a higher level."
Junior Evan Morgeson completes the roster and is also expected to compete for a spot.
"The team is hungry for it and has embraced the training and the work that they need to do to prove themselves," said McAllister.
Story by SIUE sports information department.