Distance Diary: Alex Grant
September 24, 2007
The Cougars had a great opening race Sept. 15 at the Sundodger Invitational! Our top finishers cut 20 to 30 seconds off their times from last year. These are significant drops in time and show that we're much more fit then last year at this time. Also, it was exciting getting to see Andrew Jones compete for the individual win. He made a strong move about a third of the way into the race but wasn't quite able to hold on. All of these performances are even more impressive considering that the last few weeks of training leading up to the race have been particularly difficult.
Our first major test of the season is this weekend at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota. At the meet we'll face some of the best competition in the nation. At least half a dozen menís teams ranked in the top thirty nationally will be competing there. Knocking off a handful of these teams would go a long way in getting us back to the national championships this year. This is a race we've been thinking about throughout the summer months. It will also be the first time this season that our top squad will all race together. At the Gonzaga and Sundodger meets we raced split squads to try and keep our legs fresh for the heart of the season.
Hopefully the Sundodger is an indicator of bigger and better things to come!
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