Sept. 10, 2008
It's time for another quick post to detail our trip up to Spokane this past Saturday. I continually talk about the "Spokane Revolution" so it was nice that Drew Polley gave the Spokane faithful a fantastic account of the race at Mead High school. If you haven't checked out Drew's Blog here is the link wsucougars.cstv.com/ot/runners-ramblings.html.
I was relatively pleased with the outcome of our men's and women's squads in Spokane Saturday, Sept. 6. In what has become a tradition here at WSU, we like to start the year off with a team time trial. The objective is to have the older members of the team run together at a reasonable pace, and see how the younger members of the team respond. If all goes well, you see a nice pack of Cougs just chilling together, with a couple of the youngsters hanging in there. Well, as can happen in races, the plan fell apart a bit with Dominic and Chelsea just getting a little too excited and pulling away from the group. This strung our pack out a little too much and may have killed off a few more people than we would like.
But I was excited to see how close most were to the race plan. I was pleasantly surprised by how close the women were to each other. We lost 4 of our top 5 from a year ago, but Chelsea, Lisa, Amanda Andrews, and Marisa Sandoval all have made a significant jump from a year ago. They have big shoes to fill but so far they have exceeded my expectations. Add in the great performance of freshman Michelly Foley, and they will be a solid team this season.
The story on the men's side was probably the pair of freshmen, Justin Englund and Jono Lafler. Both looked strong and will be immediate impacts on our team. Our team leader, Drew Polley, looked like he was on a morning jog and is looking extremely strong in practice. I was also very impressed with the performance of Evan Blanshan. We had all the freshmen run unattached as we are still trying to determine who will red-shirt versus who may help the team this year. We have a great freshmen class but I am trying to be patient and just let these guys develop over the next few years.
Anyway, we enjoyed our trip to Spokane, the true running Mecca of the Northwest.
Until next time, Go Cougs!