Salisbury, MD (Saturday, September 29, 2012) – Four Warriors finished within 20 seconds of each other to combine with returner and team chaplain, Robert Lafond, for a sixth-place result today at the Salisbury Invitational with 184 total points. As a unit, it was Nyack's best performance of the season, as they competed against 14 highly competitive teams, including CACC foe Wilmington University, who won the meet with a low score of 34 points.
Five meets into their season, all the hard work from training, getting past sicknesses, and overcoming injuries finally solidified the core group of returners. Rather than a reliance on a few outstanding individuals, the team finds its strength is its pack running.
Two of Nyack's front five set personal records on Saturday September 15, 2012 when the Warriors previewed their NCAA East Regional Championship course in Nashua, NH with times of 28:33 and 28:38. A week later at the Philadelphia Metro Championships, three of the front five had a fight to the finish as Derival, Guild, and Wallin secured the 18th, 19th and 20th spots to earn their individual Top-20 awards. Now this week at the Don Cathcart meet, Running Warriors used each other to push towards achieving another goal of breaking 28 minutes, which has not been done by a Nyack runner since David Billings, who qualified to compete in the Olympic trials in the 70’s.
Beginning with captatin, and senior sensation, Stuart Guild, who led the way this time with a 19th-place finish, completed the 8,000 meter course in an incredible 26:42. This finish time was not only a PR for the season, but for his entire collegiate running career. Senior Ben Wallin followed up with a personal record of his own (32nd – 27:06), junior co-captain Keith Lindey was next (41st – 27:26), while sophomore, Joubert Derival continued what has been a remarkable journey with his Nyack cross country career by setting another PR as well (50th – 27:47). This marked the first time in over 30 years four Top-5 scorers being able to come in under 28 minutes for an 8k distance.
Coach Deylii shares, “last season in 2011 we were ecstatic when our the entire Top-5 finished under 30 minutes at Vancortland Park located in the Bronx, which has its reputation of being the second most difficult course in New York State. It was such a big deal to us then, so this year's outcome shows unbelievable progress considering it’s the same exact group of young men. I am so proud of them!” A key reason for this success is the new training system carried out this season by the Warriors – and the rise of returning athletes stepping up and coming into season in some of the best shapes of their lives. Guild worked on campus this summer to be able to train in the hills of Rockland County while Lindsey dedicated his entire summer to working and running in Maryland.
“When you come into season with a solid foundation of base miles under your belt from the off season, the possibilities are endless while in season.” The men’s cross country team is still in the process of expanding to continue building a more competitive and recognized program. The group appears to be on the right track thus far.
The Warriors have a week off before hosting their home fundraising 5k on October 13, 2012 and then another week off before the CACC Championships. Nyack will run at the Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia, PA on October 21, 2012, and to compete for the CACC Title.
For more details regarding the Running Warrior 5k please see links below.
Online Registration: https://register.bazumedia.com/reg/form?eventID=1549
Flier/Mail-in Registration Form: http://www.nyack.edu/athletics/files/HOME12_3K_5K_RegForm.pdf