old axiom: “How you finish means more than how you start” is perhaps even more
true in Cross Country than any other sport. Still, recognition from your peers at
the start of a new season is always fun to acknowledge.
Men’s Cross Country’s team starts their fall drills this weekend with the news
they are rated 18th nationally in the annual USTFCCCA (United States Track & Field Cross Country
Coaches Association) preseason poll released August 24. The Pipers also drew
the early top nod among Central Region teams.
will be looking at us,” said veteran HU coach Paul Schmaedeke. “And that is
probably as it should be. We have a nice core group returning. If they stay
healthy, we can be a very good team. But we need to take care of business and
be aware of what we can control. We need some people to step up if we are to be
a strong team this year.”
MIAC was well represented in both polls. The two-time defending conference
champs were joined by St. John's (24th) and St. Thomas (30th)
in the national listing, which extends to 35 teams and ties. Those two schools –
plus St. Olaf and Carleton are listed among the Central Region’s Top 10 teams.
Pipers will participate in four meets prior to the conference championship
event October 29 in Saint Paul. The season opens September 10 at Luther College
in Decorah, Iowa.