Saturday, September 14, 2013

2013 Oneonta Early Bird X-C Invitational

The race is on with a "rabbit"--in gold--setting the pace. (9/14/13)
Apologies, but this post will be short on commentary and long on pictures, which hopefully "say it all."

Anne and I traveled to beautiful Oneonta, New York, for my son's second college race of the season, this one on his team's home course at Fortin Park. It tuned out to be both a tremendous day for running and for spectating. Given the scenery I am looking very forward to returning for a few races later in the season when the leaves will surely be changing.

Both Oneonta State's Men's and Women's teams ran very well, winning their respective team events. My son, Jack, ran well in his first competitive 6k, finishing 19th overall, tenth on his team and fifth among freshman participants! As a home meet of sorts for the Oneonta program, we also had the great opportunity to have a fantastic tail gate afterwards. Now onto some pictures:

Oneonta Women's team once again sets of first. (9/14/13)
Coach Angelo offering direction to members of the  women's team along the course. 9/14/13)
Strong finishes by members of the team help the Women win their
second consecutive invite to start the season. (9/14/13)
Jack and his teammates begin preparing for their race. (9/14/13)
The trek to the start line begins. (9/14/13)
Oneonta Men open the race with a "pack run."(9/14/13)
Up the first "hill." (9/14/13)
Back down the same incline, Oneonta's runners maintain control .(9/14/13)
Nearly halfway through the 6k race, the first pack of
Oneonta runners keep the pack formation.(9/14/13)
The freshman pack also does a solid job staying together at this point. (9/14/13)
The pack dissipates with the last part of the race--
time to turn it up! (9/14/13)
A very solid effort in his second collegiate race. (9/14/13)
The Men's team wins and Jack places 19th! (9/14/13)
The sweet smell of victory socks. (9/14/13)
Coach Angelo emceeing the awards presentation via megaphone. (9/14/13)

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