The Colorado College men and women’s track teams completed their final regular-season meet at the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolf Open last Saturday in Lincoln, Neb. Runners fought for personal records and great times to lead them to the SCAC Championships next weekend.
First-year runner Justin Nguyen said that after a 6 a.m. departure on Friday morning and the ten-hour drive to Nebraska, the team was feeling fatigued Saturday morning, the day of the meet. The teams also ran into some adversity due to weather conditions with off-and-on rain and rather windy conditions.
The Tigers showed their persistence as neither of those factors seemed to adversely affect team results. One of the men’s captains, Conor Terhune, told the runners before the meet on Saturday that despite bad weather, the CC teams had to run their race and do whatever they could to push through and succeed.
And that is exactly what both teams did. Senior Sam English, sophomore Katie Sandfort, and freshman Asmeda Spalding-Aguirre won first place finishes in their events. Other great performances came from three females finishing in the top-ten spots in the 800 meters as well as the 1500-meter race with first-year Patty Atkinson and sophomores Allie Crimmins and Abby Philbrick. These teams have great potential in the freshman class and are expected to perform just as well and even better at the SCAC meet.
Head Coach Ted Castaneda told the teams that they should run as well and as hard as they can and use this meet as momentum for the SCAC Championships. At the finality of the meet, Castaneda told the team he was impressed with their performances, and if runners want to perform better, they should use this meet as momentum for next weekend.
CC has almost always been the underdog going into the SCAC Championships, but as the both men’s and women’s cross-country teams won conference titles in the fall and all of those runners competing long distance on the track team, both teams should place extremely well in San Antonio next weekend for the SCAC Championships on April 24-25.