Date of Meet: November 11, 2011
Name of Meet: USCAA National Championships
Host: Paul Smith's College, Paul' Smith's College, NY
Course description: In body of right up.
Course distance: Men – 8K (4.97mi)
Women – 6K (3.73mi)
Conditions: Overcast, 42 with light breeze and 1/2 " snow on ground
Team finish results: Attached. No team score as had 4 men and 2 women running.
|Philip Boody||17th of 149||29:47|
|Justin Fereshetian||33rd of 149||30:58|
|Dan Dermody||63rd of 149||23:32:43|
|Richard Landry||144th of 149||42:01|
|Kati Christoffel||8th of 111||26:34|
|Emily Wright||28th of 111||28:47|
The U-Maine at Presque Isle cross country teams were well represented at their 17th overall and first USCAA National Championship race on November 11th in Lake Placid, NY. Four men and two women acquitted well of themselves on the technical course held at the Olympic Training Center, site of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" winter Olympics.
Conditions were cold with temperatures in the low 40s and the course dusted with a light snowfall from the previous night. Run on undulating and technical-footing trails, junior Kati Christoffel (Clifton Park, NY) and sophomore Philip Boody (New Sweden, ME) turned in the top Owls' performances. Christoffel set herself up well early, being in the 15th spot at the half-mile mark, and keeping a top seven All-American finish in her sights. This was Christoffel's first run over the 6 kilometer distance, which factored into her pacing and into her overall race strategy. Continuing to work over the next 2.5 miles, she was in 10th position with 0.73 miles to go, 27 seconds back of the last All-American spot. With 500 meters to go she had worked up to eighth place and 17 seconds back. Although unable to continue to close, Christoffel held on to the eighth position in the 111 women field despite a late charge by the ninth place finisher. Her 26:34 was her best performance of the year. Boody also turned in his best race of the season with an 8 kilometer time of 29:47, good enough for 17th spot in the 149 man field. He got out well and was 27th at the two mile mark before beginning to move up through the field. At mile four he was 23rd and ran the balance of the race very strongly, picking up six more positions. He and Christoffel will anchor next year's teams as the stronger returning veterans.
Senior Justin Fereshetian (Turner, ME) finished in 33rd spot at 30:58. Fereshetian caps a stellar UMPI cross country career by going to a national championship for the third time. Freshman Dan Dermody (Cheshire, MA) and sophomore Richard Landry (Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia) finished 63rd (32:43) and 144th (42:01), respectively. Freshman Emily Wright (Mapleton, ME) ran to 38th spot with a time of 28:47.
The Owls' performances indicate good things to come for 2012 as the returning athletes will be the foundation for anticipated improved team performances. According to Coach Chris Smith, "this USCAA meet may be smaller than other national championships we have attended but it is extremely competitive. We'll have to be at our best in future years in looking to compete in the top half of the field. This is not beyond our capabilities. By staying active this winter and participating in our outdoor track schedule in the spring, our current runners will be well on their way to matching and exceeding performances of this year. New recruits will bolster our chances of placing well in Lake Placid next November".