Luke Hare, Staff Writer
Eric Parks, Section Editor
The Saints started the season strong at the UPS (University of Puget Sound) Invitational, with three women finishing in the top 10 and two men finishing in the top 10, at the UPS Invitational. The teams continued their hard work at the Northwest Ken Garland Invitational-their home meet.
“The expectations for the team this year is to be consistent about training and to have a better mentality when it comes to race day,” said senior Lindsey Dorney. “I think the consistent training will help the team with racing well at the right time; at GNAC and at Western Regionals, which are the two most important races of the season.”
The women have four returning runners and two new faces. Led by Dorney who finished second overall in the UPS Invitational, the Saints also had freshman Alyssa Robinson finish fifth in her first collegiate race, and senior Sadie Dalgleish finish tenth. They look to use this strong first outing to play a huge role heading forward in this season.
“Lindsey ran a great race from start to finish,” said head coach Jim Brewer. “She started off just behind the front runners and managed to pass one halfway into the race. What was really impressive is that she ran a 1:11 minute personal record on this course and moved up to our fifth best finish in school history at this race. Her summer training and consistent running over the last couple years is paying off.”
The same idea could be translated into what the team has in mind about their season related to what their coach thinks. “Coach has been talking to us about having a better mentality on race day,” said Dorney, when asked about the expectations for the season. “Racing has a lot to do with the physical aspects, but also mental. I think our coach is expecting us to increase our mental strength by visualizing and thinking about a specific thing that makes us want to push and work harder in races.”
On the men’s side, freshman Andrew Oslin, led the team for nearly the whole race at UPS. He started off his collegiate career on a very strong note, finishing fourth overall and continued his success at the Saint Martin’s meet by nearly breaking the team’s record for the course. “Andrew had a good race, ran very consistent,” said Brewer.
The men finished sixth out of 14 teams at the Ken Garland Invite, while the women finished ninth of 11. Coach Brewer noted that the meet was very competitive with many good programs in attendance. “Western Washington, they’re a very strong program, typically ranked nationally. Southern Idaho, they’re very good. Their coach is a former olympian. They had a guy last year who won cross country nationals at the junior college level.”
Coach Brewer was thankful for everyone who helped make the event special. “I really appreciate our [track and field] team making themselves available to help showcase our beautiful campus and support the cross country athletes and all the hard work they’ve been putting in. I think we put on a really good meet. It helps us prepare for the NWAC championship meet on Nov. 10 [at SMU]. It’s a testament to the course we have that a championship level meet is held at Saint Martin’s University.”