Sept. 19, 2012
Cross Country Blog - Sept. 19, 2012
by senior men's distance runner A.J. Gedwill:
This is the second in a series of blogs by the Marquette University men's and women's cross country teams chronicling the 2012 season. This week GoMarquette.com catches up with men's senior A.J. Gedwill, Marquette's eighth male finisher at the National Catholic Championships on Friday, Sept. 14 at Notre Dame's Burke Memorial Golf Course.
For our second meet of the season we made the trip down to Notre Dame to compete in the National Catholic Championship.a The course at Notre Dame is on a golf course so it is always a big day to set some PRs. There is also a full range of competitors in the race from top Division I schools such as Notre Dame all the way down to smaller Division III schools.
Going into the race on both the men's and women's side we had high expectations to run well and stay within ourselves. A lot of the times this race goes out faster than it should so coach generally advises us to be conservative in the beginning miles. Many of the men and women had a great race as expected.
Molly Hanson ran well as a freshman leading the women's team in her first big invitational. The freshman class as a whole performed very well in both the men's and women's side. With both three men and women in the top seven there are high hopes for this program's future.
Patrick Maag also posted a solid time for his first race back this season. After a long time off with a sprained ankle he really stepped it up and pushed the guys around him. After a couple more weeks of training he will be back in action helping Connor in the front.
As the season progresses we move on the more important races. In two weeks the team will be traveling to Louisville, Ky., to compete against many of the best teams in the country. This will give many of the younger guys a chance to race on the national championship course for the first time. It will also give the team an idea of how we match up against the best teams on the national level.
The Golden Eagles take a week away from competition before making the trek to Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 29 for the 11th Annual Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic Classic at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, the future site of the 2012 NCAA Championships. For more information click here.