Cross Country Recap: Saint Joesph's College Invitational
Date: October 8, 2011
Name of Meet: Saint Joesph's College Invitational
Host: St. Joseph's, Standish, ME
Course description: First and last miles fairly flat but with unsure footing in spots. Second and fourth miles with significant buy manageable hills. Third mile the toughest mile with many changes in stride length to adapt.
Course distance: 8K (4.97 miles)
Conditions: Sunny and high 70s, but course mostly shaded. Dry, low humidity
Team finish results: 74 finishers. No team score as had only 4 runners entered.
Comments: Conditions were very good with firm footing throughout. Temps were in the high 70s but the trails were in woods and relatively good. Philip ran the forst four miles as a tempo run to work on more proper pacing and to rest a bit heading into the week leading up to the state meet. He still finished within one minute of his personal best time on a course tougher than the one he set his best mark on. Richard, Zach, and Tim continue to round into shape as they gained valuable experience. Tim bettered his last weeks time by 60 seconds.
UMPI Women's Results:
Comments: Conditions were very good with firm footing throughout. Temps were in the high 70s but the trails were in woods and relatively good. Kati got out quickly in setting her in strong position at the mile mark, passing in 7:14. She handled the second mile in 7:36 before matching this time for her third mile, the toughest mile by far. She closed the last tenth in only 35 seconds. Emily tempoed the first two miles due to a minor injury, passing through mile two at 15:27 with Molly at her side. The two worked together for these two opening miles before Emily picked the pace up as the injury felt OK. Molly ran strongly over the last 1.1 miles to finish in a personal best time of 24:24. Sarah and Leanne continue to gain experience for the 5K distance over this deceivingly difficult course.
Next week: Maine State Championships at Pineland, hosted by Bates College.