October 15, 2011

Cross Country Recap: Maine State Championships

Date of Meet: October 15, 2011

Name of Meet: Maine State Championships, Pineland Farms, Gray, ME

Host: Bates College

Course description: Very hill with rolling and steep hills. Heavy rain all summer and the two days prior to the meet made for very soft and/or muddy running. Runners slipped and went down in each race. This was true cross country running. Conditions: Very overcast, rain overnight – none during race, some standing waterand mud, not extreme. Surface 50-50 soft or firm throughout. Quite humid, no wind, low 62.

Team finish results:     Seventh of 12 teams, 159 finishers

IndividualResults:

Justin Fereshetian 51 Of 159 28:51
Phillip Boody  85 Of 159 30:01
Dan Dermody 100 Of 159 31:01
Andrew Nesbitt 106 Of 159 31:37
Jaron Gray  149 Of 159 37:30
Tim Chase  153 Of 159 39:58
Richard Landry  155 Of 159 44:21
Zach Abbotoni  156 Of 159  45:31

Coach Chris Smith's Comments: We had a very strong team race with three of our four strongest runners running their best times of the season thus far. Mile splits were a bit fast for all eight as the atmosphere was "electric" and high levels of enthusiasm contagious. A few were fast at the mile and were in a bit of distress earlier than they should have been. Overall, Philip paced the race the best of the eight in taking 1:32 off his season's previous best. Dan and Andrew set season's bests by :50 and 1:41, respectively. Andrew, who brought his time down the most, is now running closer to his potential as he had previously been unable to get the miles in due to injury incurred ofer the summer. Tim ran a personal best, having improved in each of his subsequent races after his first at Gordon College.

Women's Cross Country Results 

Team finish results: Provided, 10th of 11 teams. 150 finishers

Kati Christoffel  75 Of 142 22:30
Emily Wright 88 Of 142 23:32
Molly Lindsey 104 Of 142 24:52
Sarah Taylor 131 Of 142 28:12
Leanne Abbott 137 Of 142 31:16
Carly Langley  Did Not Run N/A 

Coach Smith's Comments:  Kati got out quickly in getting in a strong position at the mile mark, passing in 7:14.  She ran slower the last two miles but helped her position.  Emily was just behind Kati at the mile but was thereafter a bit hampered by a chronic hip injury.  She did ran very well in spite of it.  Molly continues to impress as she essentially duplicated her hard effort from the week, thus showing that she had legitimately improved performances over her all-time previous bests.  Sarah ran well on a course not suited for a beginner.  She finished very strongly coming down the finishing stretch as did Leanne, who ran her best time of the season.  The team's 10th place finish was respectable and with Carly running we would likely have been in 9th position, at least.

Next week:  Maine Maritime Invitational, Castine, ME, a "fine tuning" race to work on specific terrain identified as needing improvement on, per athlete.