Saturday, November 02, 2013

Roadie: 2013 X-C SUNYAC Championships

Today's Men's and Women's 2013 SUNYAC Championships were held on Oneonta State's home course at beautiful Fortin Park. This was my third trip there this season, and though the last race here did not go so smoothly him, I was glad to have been there today for what was by far my son Jack's best race thus far this year.

Only a freshman, I was proud that he had earned a spot on the team today, and the hard work of he and his teammates was rewarded with some solid times. Though their team goal of winning the whole thing (don't you compete to win?) did not materialize, given the challenges they've faced this season, the boys (men?) did well to place fourth overall, with Fredonia just slipping by them into third.

The lighting in the pictures posted here tell the story of the day's changeable weather. Cooler than expected during the girls race at 11:00 a.m., by the time the boys race went off at noon sharp, the weather began to deteriorate with drizzle steadily picking up just as the temperatures began to drop. The announcer called it correctly, telling the spectators that "This is cross-country weather!" Fortunately, the snow that some feared would make an early season appearance this afternoon stayed away. True to form, the sun did make an appearance... about twenty minutes after the race had been completed.

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