The Cavalier cross country teams competed this past Saturday at the highly competitive Furman Invitational. The Paladin's home course is considered a true and challenging course and it has played host to two NCAA national championships.
"I thought it was a bit muggy out there with some soft conditions. Running on a rolling golf course isn't bad if it's dry. All in all, after cross referencing our competition with those teams that race against our AAC competition, I feel we did fairly well," said Coach Larios. "The times weren't great, but Ben Hall, Daniel Dunn, and Kayla Suiter competed well."
The Cavaliers continue to gain fitness, sort out racing plans, and gain the confidence they will need as they host the 2009 AAC Championships on the Black Mountain Campus this November 7th.
"Our goal is always the AAC's," added Larios. "Obviously, some of our athletes have an opportunity to compete at nationals, but it all has to happen at conference. We will continue to train through some of these meets in order to give our kids the best opportunity to run well in November. Whether they step up to compete rests on their shoulders."
The Cavaliers were led by Ben Hall's
33rd place 8k finish in 28:30. Team captain Daniel Dunn
hit the finish line in 29:10 in 46th place.
"Again, the times weren't great, as they never are at Furman but they competed the way they will need to do so at conference. These two guys are paying a special price," said Larios.
The Lady Cavaliers were led by sophomore Kayla Suiter
. Suiter crossed the line in 54th place with a time of 22:11.
"This may have been Kayla's best performance yet. She is really making a statement in her training and now it's carrying over to her competitions," said Larios. "Another positive performance came from Olivia Mills. She's been under the weather for some time, but she seems to be making a daily improvement."
Kayla is normally the Lady Cavalier's number four runner, so it was no surprise that her performance at Furman earned her this week's AAC Runner of the Week award.
The Cavaliers are back in action at Appalachian State University this Friday night. The Cavs will compete against many NCAA D-I and D-II schools from throughout the southeast. Full Men's 8K ResultsFull Women's 5K Results