Date of Meet: September 22, 2012
Name of Meet: Unity College Invitational
Host: Unity College, Unity, Maine
Course description: No significant hills but mostly continuous rocks, wet and slippery mud and downed leaves with many blind turns making for a very technical course requiring sound strategy and with options to break away from the competition. One long almost two mile loop followed by a shorter one mile loop over the last half of the first.
Course distance: Estimated at just under 3 miles
Conditions: Cool at 60o, overcast, with some light rain through most of race
Team finish results:
Kayla Legasse 3rd at 21:37
Nicole Green 5th at 21:57
Kati Christoffel 6th at 21:59
Carly Langley 8th at 23:35
Emily Wright 9th at 24:06
This was a very difficult course due to footing that required skills close akin to a "Dancing With the Stars" episode. After a fast opening 700 meters runners entered the woods for the first time on this initial almost two mile long loop. The ensuing mile and a half required continuous scanning for proper foot placement around rocks and roots resulting in slower paces at similar efforts for most courses. Nicole Green (Caribou, ME) came through the mile in third place just ahead of her teammates en route to dropping the most time from the previous week. Kayla Legasse (Presque Isle, ME) and Kati Christoffel (Clifton Park, NY) were close behind in a good demonstration of team pack running. Carly Langley (Truro, NS) and Emily Wright (Mapleton, ME) solidly rounded out the Owls' low score of 27 to next best Unity at 46.
Coach Smith's comments:
"Our strategy today was to run in a pack for a good bit of the race before opening up the pace. This actually is a good exercise not only in proper pacing to keep adrenaline in check and going out too fast but to also work together to bring team scores down. Small improvements by only one or two runners can make big differences in big meets like state or nationals. Today's exercise helped in this regard."
Next week: At the Pop Crowell Invitational at Gordon College, Wenham, MA.