In the northwest on Friday, Joe Pian was short-lived in a race to win with some of the country’s top teams, finishing 24th in the 25-team field and the last of all ten major programs.
The Cats have faced the top 29 teams in the country as well as four other big ten programs at the South Bend Burke Golf Course.. The performance dropped two points from No. 5 to No. 7 in the Midwest.
Coach Jill Miller felt that athletics was the most competitive meeting of their college career, and it was an important learning moment.
“What we have seen is that he has little experience with that level of competition,” says Miller. “With that said, I am grateful for the experience because if we want to compete in the national championship we have to learn how to manage that kind of environment.”
Senior Rachel Macardel led the NU runners, finishing 13th in a field of nearly 200 competitors with 16 33.3 times. Maccardell said her result was “exciting” and “right” and that she would like to spend the rest of the season in “the same kind of energy.”
Miller believes she was proud of McCardel’s perseverance in the second half of the race and that she had a “big growth margin” ahead of her.
Junior Kalia Bartholoto finished second behind Cardel in 17: 26.6. Following her, graduate student Lotte van der Paul, first-year student Abi Dreim and first-year student Amanda Mosborg contributed to NU, contributing 556 final results.
Bartholomew says that the performance of the cats does not fully represent their abilities. The team said it was “not ready” for the challenge of its competitors and the challenging course.
“Our exercise was not a guarantee,” said Bartholomew. We can do better, we can do better, we can run faster.
Friday’s competition was on a flat narrow golf course. This was a significant change from the previous NU competitions, both in the under-15 teams and in the hilly, wide courses.
Maccardel was impressed by the team’s genealogy because the cats had been competing in such a position for a long time, but the team learned from experience.
Miller (NU) agreed that despite the difficulties, it was a “great experience.”
“No matter how much time we spend imagining races, it can be really challenging to manage until you get it,” says Miller. From the point of view of the layout of the course, it was really shocking for the system, it was not a very flat, very fast, very narrow – cross-country course.
The cats competed against Ford, Indiana, Illinois, and Minnesota, and faced ten of their biggest enemies. Of these programs, Durdu and Indiana finished 18th and 17th, respectively, close to cats.
Miller said Friday’s result does not want the team to change its hopes for the Big Ten championship later this month. Although the race was difficult, she did not feel that it was necessary to fully evaluate the team’s progress.
“Training is really going well and energy is in an incredible place,” Miller said. “There is a lot that this team is doing well now. I don’t think it’s time to say, ‘Stand in our way.’ We need to know a new way forward. ”
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