Name of Meet: Runnin' Monks Invitational
Host: St. Joseph's College, Standish, ME
Course description: Average difficulty with technical running within last mile
Course distance: 5K
Conditions: High 60s, overcast
Team finish, results:
Kayla Legassie (So./Presque Isle, ME) 3rd of 62 at 21:46
Emily Wright (So./Mapleton, ME) 30th at 25:05
Ghazaleh Sailors (Fr./Santa Barbara, CA) 31st at 25:13
This deceiving course tends to pull runners into a pace that is a bit quick at the start as the first mile is flat and generally firm. Gradual downhill terrain through the next half mile can result in a fast pace setting athletes up for suddenly increased efforts leading to the two mile point. All three Owls' runners today ran well strategically in hitting their goal paces at both the one and two mile points before buckling down for the much tougher third mile. Oz Sailors, in this her first cross country race, essentially mirrored her training strategies, an indication of her being coachable and having a keen desire to learn the sport. Her 25:13 finishing time will only improve with experience and increased quality training. Emily Wright also came through with a predictable time of 25:05, setting her up for the push toward the state meet on October 13th and ultimately the USCAA national championship in November. Kayla Legassie was impressive, in at 21:46, good enough for third place in the 62 women field.
"Again this week many of our runners were unable to attend. The return of Kati Christoffel (Sr./Clifton Park, NY), Nicole Green (Sr./Caribou, ME), and Carly Langley (Jr./Truro, Nova Scotia) for state's next week will make for a strong group to figure into the scoring. This race today gave Sailors and Legassie the experience they need to build toward the national meet, a meet I feel will be even more competitive than last year's over the 6K distance."
-- Owls' Coach Chris Smith
Next week: At the Maine State Championships hosted by the University of Southern Maine.