October 15, 2012

Womens Cross Country Looks Good at States

This flat and fast course resulted in fast times, particularly in the opening mile.  Kayla Legassie came through the mile at 6:14, a pace that normally would be too fast and would result in slower splits for the balance of the race.  Similar openers were posted by Kati Christoffel, Nicole Green, Emily Wright, Carly Langley and Oz Sailors as big meets are all about establishing position early on.  All the Owls set themselves up at the mile for solid finishes.  This first mile was visible too spectators throughout, further keeping harriers on task before heading into the woods at the 1.5 mile mark.  27th NCAA Division III nationally ranked Bates College was the meet winner although Molly Carl of USM was the individual top finisher.  The Owls were seventh of 10 teams finishing ahead of Husson College, U- Maine Farmington, and Maine Maritime Academy.  Finishing two points ahead of the Eagles of Husson College resulted from season best times from all UMPI runners with Legassie at 20:09, Christoffel at 20:47, Green at 21:01, Wright at 22:10, Langly at 22:21, and Sailors at 22:51.

Kayla Legassie            53rd of 154 at 20:09

Kati Christoffel             65th at 20:47

Nicole Green                75th at 21:01

Emily Wright                107th at 22:10

Carly Langley              109th at 22:21

Oz Sailors                    119th at 22:51

Coach Smith though his girls ran really well.

"We established ourselves early today and pushed the pace throughout.  All runners stepped up to see how we'd stack up against Division 3 schools right here in the State of Maine. Bates, Colby, and Bowdoin are powerhouses, often nationally ranked, and are tough to match up with.  We did, however, race very well against the others in finishing ahead of MMA, Farmington, and Husson.  With just under four weeks to nationals we're in a good position in our training cycle."

Next week the Womens Cross Country team will be competing in the Mariner Invitational hosted by Maine Maritime Academy in Bucksport, ME.