Sept. 5, 2007
Welcome to the first edition of Cougar Tracks. I hope to provide some insight into our cross country and track and field programs here at Washington State University, as well as giving you a coach's perspective on our team throughout the year.
We are well on our way to what I believe will be one of our most successful years in my time at WSU. The men return nearly the entire roster from a year ago, and we have added 4 outstanding freshmen. The women's team also returns 7 out of our top 8 from a year ago. We have plenty of experience on each team, and this is good!
Our season is off to a good start. We are really quite healthy with the exception of Haley Paul. She suffered a stress fracture training this summer, but she should be back to running any day now. This obviously will hurt our women's team, but we have plenty of people to step up. We hope to have Haley back in the mix in October.
We began the year with our annual pre-season training camp. After several years of camping on the Salmon River, we took it up a notch and rented some cabins down in Joseph, Oregon. The men had a very interesting "rustic" cabin built in the early 1900s with a bunkhouse in back. The women on the other hand had the 2005-built, 14 beds, and deluxe kitchen edition. My men quickly realized they got the raw end of the stick. Next year we will even it out. Anyway, the weekend went well. We got in plenty of fantastic trail running, chilling in the lake, and evenings around the fire. It was a great chance for the team to kick off the year, and get everyone focused on the task at hand!
I hope to post on this site weekly and keep you informed on the inside scoop for Cougar Cross Country. Feel free to send me comments or questions.
Until next time, Go Cougs!