Sept. 18, 2007
Finally we get started on the fun part of the season! Well kind of. We went over to Seattle this weekend to "officially" start our competitive season. After five weeks of training it was nice to finally put on our uniforms and run.
The men had a great meet led off by Andrew Jones. Jones took the lead after about a mile or two, but eventually was overtaken by Jon Harding of UW, and a guy from Eastern. I was pleased with Jones' race, but he probably made a move a little too early, which cost him a few seconds in the end. Our next guy in was Chris Williams, about 20 seconds back, followed by Concha, Ahlbeck, Smargiassi, and the freshman David Hickerson. These 5 guys were all within 16 seconds of one another. This depth will really help us this season. The Huskies ended up beating us 31 to 52.
Keep in mind that we held out Alex Grant, Woody Favinger, Drew Polley, and Dan Geib. All four are healthy and ready to run, but I just want them to remain fresh for the championship part of our season. Not exactly sure where they fit into the team this season but I do know that they are better than last year, and last season Grant and Favinger traded off the No.1 and No. 2 spot on our team all season. Put Polly, Favinger, and Grant with Jones, and Geib with Williams, and we have 6 guys within 20 seconds. This is a good team!
Like the men, we held out our hitters on the women's side as well. In the past we just get a little too excited for the Sundodger Meet, costing us energy at the end of the year. So we did not run our No. 1 - No. 5 runners. That being said, I was extremely pleased with the performance of Lisa Egami and the freshmen Ashlee Wall and Amanda Andrews. Lisa was 20 seconds faster than a year ago and the freshmen had solid performances for their first big meet.
We head out to Minnesota on the 27th for the Griak Invite. This is a huge meet, and now everything counts. Points for the at-large NCAA berths begin next week, so no more holding back. I am excited to get our best team on the line to see were we stand against some great opponents.
Until next time, Go Cougs!