Inland Empire Challenge set for Saturday

The largest cross country meet in the Inland Empire will take place Saturday at Glen Helen Park in Devore, as the Inland Empire Challenge Invitational will be held.

A who’s who of teams and runners from both San Bernardino and Riverside counties will face off in the meet, both for county pride — the battle of the counties is an intriguing subplot in the meet — and in preparation for the postseason races that begin in a few weeks.

Races will begin at 7:45 a.m. with the large-school freshman boys race and will end at 11:19 with the middle-school junior varsity races. The sweepstakes races at 9:30 (boys) and 9:50 (girls) are the headliners, with 115 of the best male runners and 85 of the best female runners in the region going head to head.