September 15, 2012

Grylka Wins Men's Race at UMPI Invitational

Meet Information

Date of Meet:              September 15, 2012

Name of Meet:            U-Maine at Presque Isle Invitational

Host:                           U-Maine at Presque Isle

Course description:     Rolling and soft – no ground reaction force resulting in significantly

slower times as compared to firm surfaces.

Course distance:          7710m (4.8 miles)

Conditions:                 Cool, overcast, with some driving rain mid race

 

General comments:

The return of Junior Philip Boody (New Sweden, ME) to racing was a boost for the Owls' contingent with his third place finish bringing the team score down considerably.  His consistently paced race was a good indicator of things to come as he continues to work back the form that placed him 17th at last November's USCAA national meet in Lake Placid, NY.  Freshman Thomas Grylka's (Fr./East Hapmton, CT) experience in last week's UNE invitational was factored into a better paced opening mile (5:42), allowing him to stay strong throughout and shake Taylor Noble of Unity after the three mile point.  Even in a small field dual meet this will be a motivator for Thomas as the bar has been set.  Tyler and Garrett Hilton (Fr./Charleston, ME) improved from last week as well in running 33:53 (6th place) and 33:29 (5th place), respectively.  The brothers are becoming more accustomed to the 8K distance and will factor experience and another week under Coach Smith's system into the return match next week at Unity.  Scoring was rounded out by Richard Landry (Shubenachadie, NS), in at 42:28 for 9th place.

 

Coach Smith's comments:

"Home course familiarity was a benefit but unless raced on before this terrain and turf can be deceiving.  The rolling hills and soft grass surface throughout will reach up and grab you if these factors are not considered in pre-race strategy sessions.  Throw in the fact that this was only the second cross country race for four of our runners today and you have a situation ripe for learning, with either positive or somewhat tough outcomes possible.  Our men today all ran intelligently and gained a lot of valuable experience."

 

Next week:  At Unity College.

 

University of Maine at Presque Isle Invitational - September 15, 2012

Men's 7710 Meters
           
Place Team Bib Name Institution Time
           
1 1 10 Thomas Grylka U-Maine at Presque Isle 28:34
2 2 1 Taylor Noble Unity College 28:53
3 3 6 Philip Boody U-Maine at Presque Isle 32:27
4 4 2 Revelin Goewey Unity College 32:29
5 5 7 Garrett Hilton U-Maine at Presque Isle 33:29
6 6 9 Tyler Hilton U-Maine at Presque Isle 33:53
7 7 5 Neil D'Acierno Unity College 36:44
8 8 4 Corey Hart Unity College 38:33
9 9 8 Richard Landry U-Maine at Presque Isle 42:28
           
  Team Scoring: UMPI: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9 24  
      Unity:  2, 4, 7, 8 -(10)- 31