Name of Meet: Unity College Invitational
Host: Unity College, Unity, Maine
Course description: Flat with some roads. Very fast
Course distance: 7970 meters
Conditions: Sunny and 60o
Thomas Grylka (Fr./East Hampton, CT) 1st of 9 at 28:59
Philip Boody (Jr./New Sweden, ME) 3rd at 30:57
Corey Hebert (Fr./Baldwin, ME) 4th at 32:41
Garrett Hilton (Fr./Charleston, ME) 5th at 33:24
Tyler Hilton (Fr./Charleston, ME) 6th at 33:39
Aiden Bothwell (Fr./Penobscot, ME) 8th at 34:54
Richard Landry (Jr./Shubenacadie, NS) 9th at 44:06
This final tune up before the USCAA national meet was small and low key but just what the Owls' harriers needed to set the tone for the next 12 days. Today's performances will be factored into the final quality training days as the race at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York looms. Thomas Grylka got out quickly in this one with but one other runner with him, Taylor Noble of the host school. Noble, a typically fast starter, held on with the Owls leader to a point beyond the two mile point before dropping off the pace. Grylka essentially time trialed the balance of the distance to come in just under 29 minutes at 28:59. Philip Boody ran a season's best at 30:57 as he comes on strongly after shaking early season injuries. The Presque Isle scorers were rounded out by Corey Hebert at 32:41, Garrett Hilton (33:24), and Tyler Hilton (33:39). Aiden Bothwell turned in another solid time at 34:54 and Richard Landry finished at 44:06.
Coach Smith's comments:
"We're now in our last two weeks before nationals. With the majority of our quality training days behind us we simply need to rest, sharpen up, and get our heads together for this final huge meet. We have the background to set the bar for ourselves at a high level, a mark to shoot for and exceed in subsequent years."
Next meet: USCAA National Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York