LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Buccaneers took on their greatest cross country challenge this season, when facing several elite teams at the Louisville Classic in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday. The relatively flat, green and soft 8k course gave the team an opportunity to run fast times in Tom Sawyer Park and continue building confidence for the Conference Championship in the end of October.
"The first mile was really fast. It meant that the whole team had to be aggressive in the first part which is something we're not all used to. The team did well, especially Fearghal, and also Jeryck, who ran over a minute PR", said Jaymee Domoney, who crossed the finish line in 25:43.
Fearghal Curtin was the first Buccaneer to cross the finish line and clocked a career best time of 24:27. Curtin placed in the top 40 in one of the most competitive collegiate 8k races in the country, with over 2700 collegiate entries from 31 states.
Jeryk Wilson came in at 25:11 and was the second Buc to finish. Wilson improved his personal best time by over a minute, an impressive performance after rolling his ankle in the Adidas XC Challenge only 2 weeks ago. Teammates Andrew Akright and Adam Huff finished back to back in 26:35 and 26:37, after pushing each other and working together throughout the course.
"I loved running on home turf in such a talented field of runners. The competition made it very difficult to establish a pace early on but it was a good experience," concluded Huff, a freshman from Kentucky.
A theme in the team was feeling stronger from the increased mileage in training and racing, a goal set earlier in the season by Jim Stintzi, Director of Track & Field and Cross Country. In addition, the tough race gave the young team more experience and confidence for the upcoming meet, HPU Vert XC Invitational in Kernesville, North Carolina, October 14th.
Complete live results can be viewed at: http://files.milesplit.us/live_results/279503/index.html