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Top teams come to CWRU for UAAs

George Jones

Issue date: 10/30/09 Section: Sports
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On Saturday, for the first time this decade, the UAA cross country championships will be hosted here. With six of the top 35 teams in the country as ranked in the latest US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll on the women's side, and four of the top 35 on the men's side, it figures to be a very competitive day at Squire Valleevue Farm.

"I'm really proud of the UAA conference, and how strong it is top to bottom," said University of Chicago coach Chris Hall. "I think you could so quickly go from being second or third in the conference to being seventh in the blink of an eye."

"With so many solid individual runners and six nationally ranked teams in the [women's] field I think it will be a team race when it all shakes out," said Emory University coach John Curtin.

"I think this is probably one of the most competitive years in the last four or five in the UAA [men's],' said New York University coach John McDonough. "For a few years, we really dominated heavily, but I think there's a lot more competition for everybody this year. There's definitely three or four teams that could be in the hunt to win it, ourselves being one of them."

"It would be fun to run this meet two consecutive weeks, where we can run it and say "now we know how we match up, we can approach it slightly differently,'" said Hall.

In competitive races like those that figure to be run at the farm tomorrow, depth will be key. "The fourth and fifth runner, whoever they end up being, are who is going to win UAAs - not just for us, but all the teams," said Spartan senior Elaine Simpson.

The Spartans are understandably excited to host the UAA championships. "Hosting the UAA's is exciting from every angle," said Case coach Kathy Lanese. "We have spent a considerable amount of time practicing on our course. Knowing a course well is key for a race day and can create an advantage by knowing what sections to race hard and which to conserve."

"This will be my last time on the course and I cannot wait to race," said Simpson. "It's going to be a really exciting and competitive race."


What: UAA Cross Country Championships

When: Saturday, 11:00 a.m. women's race, 12:00 p.m. men's race.

Where: Squire Valleevue Farm, 37125 Fairmount Blvd.
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