Cross Country Recap: Maine Maritime Academy Invitational

Date of Meet: October 22, 2011

Name of Meet: Maine Maritime Academy Invitational, Castine, ME

Host: Maine Maritime Academy

Course Distance: 5K

Course description: This course started with 1.7 miles on a golf course, transitioned to a 300m tarred road, continued on rough and uneven woods trails with a manyexposed roots (very technical), returned by the tarred road, and finished with a kilometer on the golf course. This required much "shifting of gears" and mind set, sometimes a difficult task for new runners.

Conditions: Sunny to partly cloudy with temps in the mid to high 50s. Low humidity.

Team finish results: NA

Individual Results:

 Emily Wright

   
 Carly Langley  2nd   23:47
 Sarah Taylor   7th  26:51

Comments:  As for the men this was a very technical and hilly course. The women opened with approximately 0.75 miles on a golf course, transitioned to a 300mtarred road, continued on the same rough and uneven woods trails with roots that the men ran before returning via the road to finish for a kilometer on the golf course.  Emily Wright and Carly Langley trailed Sarah Estes of Thomas through the half-mile point by seconds, crossing that point at 3:23 before completing the opening section of golf course and hitting the tarred road.  Wright and Langley caught Estes before the mile mark, passing that point at 7:26 and 7:30, respectively.  Wright then ran pretty well even effort except for surging over the top of all hills, as planned, finishing at 22:47, her second best time of the year.  Langley finished at 23:47, second best for her only to the much easier Gordon College Course run on October 1. Sarah Taylor finished in a season's best time of 26:51, indicative of her dedication to and consistency of her training.  A first year runner, Taylor has much potential to realize and is a "true diamond in the rough", according to coach Chris Smith.  The Owls look forward to the upcoming Saturday and a time trial over a longer 6 kilometer course, the distance typically run at the USCAA national meet.

 Men's Results:

Course Distance: 4.75mio

Course description: This course started with 1.7 miles on a golf course, transitioned to a 300m tarred road, continued on rough and uneven woods trails with a many exposed roots (very technical), returned by the tarred road, and finished with a kilometer on the golf course. This required much "shifting of gears" and mind set, sometimes a difficult task for new runners.

Conditions: Sunny to partly cloudy with temps in the mid to high 50s. Low humidity.

Team finish results: Third of three teams, 20 finishers

Individual Results:

Philip Boody



Jaron Gray 14th  34:42
Tim Chase 16th 37:15
Richard Landry 17th 37:47
Zach Abbotoni 20th 41:12

1 – 5 gap: 13:01

1 – 7 gap: NA

Comments: This was an unusually technical course as the surface and hill structure changed often. It started with 1.7 miles on a golf course, transitioned to a 300m tarred road, continued on rough and uneven woods trails with many exposed roots (very technical), returned by the tarred road, and finished with a mile on the golf course. This required much "shifting of gears" and mind set, sometimes a difficult task for new runners. Philip Boody went into this small field race (20 finishers) with a strategy of staying with the leaders, with winning the race a possibility, a possibility that looked more likely as the race developed. At the 0.75 mile point he was 20 seconds behind the leader, a gap that shrunk continuously up to the 3.4 mile point where he finally caught the up to then race-leading MMA runner, Cameron Roy. Philip held his pace, which was answered and matched by Roy up to the four mile point, where Roy could no longer stay with Boody.  Boody then cruised to a 28:11 time for over the 2010 NAC championship course, his best time for the season. Jaron Gray set a strong opening mile and settled in, cruising through two and three miles at 13:54 and 21:30, respectively. He finished strong to post his final time of 34:42.  The supporting cast of Tim Chase (37:15), Richard Landry (39:32), and Zach Abbotoni (41:12) all ran seasonal bests to round out the Owls' scoring. This Saturday sees the Owls time trialing their own, more difficult than average, 8 kilometer course.