Most Recent Meet
Purple Valley Invite - Sept 27th
Runners of the Meet - Mohamed Hussein & Sam Wohlforth
The men headed up to Williams College for the Purple Valley Invite in the first real test of the season, as well as the first 8k for the majority of the freshmen. With 6 nationally ranked teams on the line, the meet provided plenty of competition as well as great test to see where the guys stand at this point of the season. Finishing a close 4th - behind Colby, Williams and MIT - and ahead of Tufts and Middlebury, the results were solid but leave plenty of room for improvement as we continue to work hard. The guys did a super job of working together throughout the race, and with the unseasonably warm temps combined with the strength of the Williams XC course, they took a conservative approach in the opening portion of the race before starting to work the 2nd half of the course, and they did a great job of moving up through the race and keeping packs tight. Mohamed Hussein broke from our front group a little after 3 miles and would move from about 15th up to 4th at the end of the race, coming through the line in 26:25 while Dan Crowley would be charging hard to grab 9th in 26:33. A bigger then normal gap back to our 3rd and 4th runners, KC Fussell and Greg Turissini should close up considerably in the coming weeks with a return to full health with both runners, but the 30 second difference would be a little too much to offset at the end of the day as KC would finish 23rd and Greg 26th, with a strong race by Raymond Meijer to close out the scoring with his 27th place, just steps off of Greg. Jeff Seelaus, who did a great job of working with Ray for the majority of the race, wasn't able to move as well in the last mile or so and finished 53rd in 27:40 with Romey Sklar hammering the last mile of the course to make up a lot of ground, finishing in 27:46. Freshmen Craig Nelson came through just under 28 minutes in his first 8k, and was in a group with Romey for most of the race while also in that group were classmates Kevin Connors, Steven Lucey and Ben Fiedler who finished in 28:11, 28:17 and 28:19. A group freshmen classmates did a super job of working together, and at different times, each found themselves pushing things at the front with the rest of the group doing a great job of responding as Justin Barry, Aaron Zambrano, Peter Horton and Zack Grand would all finish within seconds of each other in the mid 28 minute range. Sam Wohlforth had a great run, showing the mileage is paying off as he dipped under 29 minutes on the challenging course just a few clicks behind Jesse, and then Brent would close out the day. A handful of guys opted to run in the JV 5k race as a couple raced for the first time this season while others used the shorter race as a segway to the full distance later in the season and Lucas Lebovitz came across the line first for the guys in a 17:24 just ahead of Scott Nelson - who despite 2 falls on the day - came through in the mid 17's, while Chris Butko and Cole Hawkins came in under 18 minutes, and then Aedan Roberts got a valuable lesson of what not to eat on race day as he endured some mid-race GI struggles to finish the race and close out the team scoring. We will see the course again 2 more times this season - the most important of those being at the Regional Championships in November, and looking forward to being able to see our improvements from this point to then.