October 26, 2013

Unity's Noble Finishes First at UMPI Dual Meet

Virtually optimal pacing strategies turned in some outstanding times for the UMPI Owls men's contingent over the 8 kilometer distance on the home course on Saturday. 

A 5:50 time at the mile mark had Philip Boody in the hip pocket of eventual race winner Taylor Noble of Unity.  Boody held pace through two miles before Noble stretched out a lead of 20 seconds by the finish, the closest Boody has finished to his USCAA rival this season. 

Corey Hebert finished at 32:02, good enough for third place.

  The Owls' scoring was rounded out by Brandon Wade (5th, 34:42), Richard Landry (6th, 41:01), and David Huntley (7th, 41:04). 

Wade,  Landry, and Huntley all had season's best times in this one. 

"This course is very unforgiving as it rolls constantly", states Coach Chris Smith.  "Additionally, it is very soft and has much less ground reaction force making it step-by-step slower than most.  These times on this course are encouraging as we prepare for our national meet coming up ion 13 days.  David, Richard, Brandon, and Corey had outstanding runs". 

First year runner Jesse Sandstrom was unable to complete the course due to illness, a planned strategy on his part.