10.23.2011 - [Cross Country]
The Cavalier cross country team traveled to Rome, GA to compete at this year's Southeast Classic XC Invitational, a traveling meet hosted this year by Berry College. With chilly temperatures and over 40 total teams represented, the Cavaliers looked to compete among some of the region's best athletes. Freshman Andy Roof led the way for the Cavalier men for the third straight meet, finishing 93rd overall in a time of 27:38. "Not Andy's best day, but not his worst either," said Coach Herbert. "We were mostly concerned about his place among conference athletes and he did well today, but he'll have to do a little better if he is going to make it to nationals." Senior captain Jared Nielsen ran his best race of the season and finished 2nd for the Cavaliers and 137th overall in a time of 28:16. "Jared is an end-of-the-year runner. He's a clutch performer, and I think he'll have a big race at conference," remarked Coach Herbert.
Third for the Cavaliers and 213th overall was captain Noah Hall, posting a season best time of 29:46. "Noah had a great day today! We've been working all season to run sub-30 and I'm very proud that he was able to do that today. Hopefully he can run even faster at conference in two weeks," said Coach Herbert. Spencer Clark (268th, 31:57) and Dane Gomez (286th, 34:19) rounded out the scoring for the Cavaliers. "I can't be more proud of these two. Spencer, to finally break 32:00 and Dane to run a season best, it's great. I just hope we can continue to improve at conference," said Coach Herbert.
Lindsay Mizok started the race for the women's team, but dropped out shortly before the two mile mark after suffering an injury to her ankle. "I've got three female athletes this year, and currently they are all hurt," said Coach Herbert. "Lauren has struggled with shin splints for a few years now, Dagny has had some tendonitis issues in her ankle, and now Lindsay going down with a rolled ankle today...it's frustrating. As a coach, you sit and wonder what you can do to help your athletes. We're doing strengthening, we're in the pool, and we're going to try to get healthy. These three girls are fighters though. I have to force them to take days off, and they complain when I tell them not to run. Honestly, that's the best problem a coach can have!"
The Cavaliers will compete next at the AAC Championships at Bryan College in Dayton, TN on November 5th.