October 12th, 2009
Unseasonable warm weather in Fairbanks this past week gave us the opportunity to run a second 3000 meter time trial on the track on Saturday. We also use this data to help name the travel squad for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships on October 24.
Among our 27 skiers and runners who hit the track, we had 15 student-athletes set PRs and another two set season best marks. The best female senior (ages 20+) skier ran a 10:37 while the best female junior (under 20 years old) skier posted a 10:58. The best male skier also happened to be a junior; his time was 9:22.
On Sunday we got off campus for a group hike/recovery session in the White Mountains north of Fairbanks. We enjoyed a three hour jaunt in true wilderness.
But, with the Red Sox playing game three of the ALDS, assistant coach Matt Dunlap had to receive inning updates via text message from a college-buddy who was in the stands at Fenway some 3,200 miles away. Joy turned to agony for Matt as the Red Sox blew the lead in the ninth inning and were eliminated from the post-season. Then, the Patriots lost in overtime! What day to be a Boston sports fan! But, the hike was amazing! — SJ