Sept. 4, 2010
Head Coach Matt Pearson:
We only had five men start, and one of them dropped out. This is our first season in 23 years and we're just getting started. This is the beginning of figuring out where we are at. Our top girl (Melissa Roth), I expected her to do quite well and she did. I expected our 3 runner (Chandra Scooter) to be a little bit better because she is one of our most experience runners, but she'll get there.
Male Runner Derek Honcoop:
I think we did pretty well today with everything considered - this being our first year back. It was great getting a team together and being able to get out there and give our best performance. For the most part, everyone ran what they wanted to run in terms of hitting their splits.
Female Runner Melissa Roth:
I thought we started out really well for our first meet. It's our first year (in 23 years) to have cross country at John Brown, and I thought it was really exciting to be apart of this. I think we're starting something good here.
Assistant Coach Dane Moreland:
We had some good performances. Patrick Gomez finished in eighth at 20:08. That's a 5:02 pace and that's pretty good for Pat. He's had a good summer of training. He went back home to Alabama and trained hard, and it showed in his performance here. I was hoping he could hang on to the top five but he fell off slightly in the last few meters. (Alex) Muntefering from South Dakota, he trained in Colorado this summer and he finished in 10th. It was a pretty good performance from him, because he's more of an 800-meter/mile-type runner. We had six guys that finished 20:47 or better, and last year our best guy finished in 21:03. So we had six guys that were under the best time from last year. As far as the women, Kelly Waters took some time off running and she came on strong. She finished right behind Molly Ferguson, our first runner. Molly has put in a heck of a summer and built up her mileage a little more. She's looking good. Hilary Krein, a freshman that came in from South Dakota, she's really surprised me. She finished a lot higher than I expected her to, so she's in pretty good shape.
Male Runner Patrick Gomez:
It was alright. It was our first chance to get our legs moving a little bit. It took a little bit getting use to the pace. I think it was a good precursor for the rest of the season.
Female Runner Molly Ferguson:
Coach (Skip Pickens) told us it was going to be a 5.35 pace and we came through in 5.30. It felt really good and I told myself that I could keep that pace. I faded a little back in the trees, but I told myself that I was almost done and I needed to kick it in, and I did. I think we had a pretty good run as a team. It was a good start to the season, and we'll see what happens later.
Head Coach Dave Smith:
It was a great first day. I was really impressed and pleased with how the guys ran. They were very competitive and they ran the race exactly how we talked about. I had a pretty good handle on how the guys would run, but the women were a little more of a question mark coming and I was real pleased with the way they ran. Jori Davis is a freshman who really impressed me and Kate Kujawa who is a redshirt freshman was our No. 1 girl. Those two specifically impressed me.
Male Runner Tom Farrell:
It was good. It was our first race out, so we decided to go easy for the first couple of miles and then see what happened. We just wanted to play the race by ear. I picked it up with about a mile and a half to go and it wasn't too bad. It felt good.
Female Runner Kate Kujawa:
I think it went really well. Our group was supposed to try and keep with the front pack for the first mile. For the second mile we just wanted to try and keep moving up, and that's exactly what I did. We started pretty conservative and brought it in hard. I went a little bit too early - (the Tulsa) girls seem to know the course pretty well and they were ready for me. I passed them but they waited a little bit and passed me back (in the final stretch). I felt good overall, though. This is a nice course and it's easy, flat and short. It was a good start to the season.
Male Runner David Rannabarger:
We have three new guys on the team, so we were just trying to get a gauge on what kind of performances we are going to see this season. We just went out and worked hard. The consensus on the team was to just go out controlled and hit consistent mile splits to see where we are. We didn't want to get crazy with the lead guys. I was pretty satisfied with the performance today.
Coach Evan Blackburn:
I thought the men did OK in the first meet of the year. I thought we could have hung up with the main pack a little more. We had a couple freshmen out there today who did OK for their first collegiate meet. Our No. 2 guy is recovering from an injury, so he wasn't out there today. We struggled in the team score, but all-in-all it was a pretty good first meet. I was a little more impressed with our women. We're were a little bit sharper and we're a little more older on the women's side. There was just one freshman out there today - Erin Patterson out of Union (High School). The women stayed on pace and I was real pleased with them.
Male Runner Joseph Chebaibai:
The race was really good given that the pace was taken slow. It's still early in the season and we're not yet ready with the speed. I think we did really good as a team and the guys are getting better with their endurance. They all did their best for the first race.
Female Runner Marta Adawiec:
I really didn't do the best. I did better last year. The first mile was pretty fast. The girls started off really fast and there was a big top group. But it was good weather and we have a lot of good girls this year. We have a lot of new runners on the team, but I think it's going to motivate them to keep working hard and keep working together. It was a good start for our season, and hopefully it will get better.
Head Coach Steve Gulley:
I was real happy with the race. I was surprised with how fast the times were, but I know we had a lot cooler weather (than in years' past). I was really pleased on the men's side with the team unity. They held together and they ran as a pack. It made me happy and I was really pleased because that doesn't always happen in the middle of a race. On the women's side, we didn't pack it up as much but they ran within their limits and that was probably key starting off because we didn't know where we would be at this point.
Male Runner Sam Marshall:
We were actually under the pace that we were planning on going. We went out and the first mile was pretty easy. We were all together, too, which was a really good sign. We were talking to each other the whole race. We went through the first mile and we were five-six seconds under pace which was great. The biggest part of the race was staying relaxed. We all dropped below five minutes for that last mile, and the only reason we were able to do that was because we stayed together.
Female Runner Paula Whiting:
We were just trying to run together as much as we could. I wasn't particularly trying to beat (teammate) Katie (Wright), but I just happened to pass the line right before her. It was really nice to get out as a team and get our first run under our belts. The team did really good today. It was so nice to see everyone running together and looking out for each other.