CHARLESTON, S.C. - Race pace simulations and a team dinner strengthened the team spirit of the Buccaneers this week. The men's and women's cross country teams are united and prepared to take on the grueling eight and five-kilometer courses at Louisville Classic in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday.
The meet boasts over 2700 collegiate entries from 31 states and Canada. The men's team will be competing in the golden section and the women's team will be running in the silver section.
"There will be more quality teams and a deeper field of runners in Louisville. It will give us some more exposure to good teams and physical races," said Jim Stintzi, Director of Track & Field and Cross Country.
Several elite college teams will run the course at Tom Sawyer Park as a preview for their respective Conference Championships. The Buccaneers look forward to taking hold of the challenging opportunity.
"It should be better than the last race with two more weeks of good training," said Fearghal Curtin, who is expecting to get stronger throughout the season.
Jaymee Domoney and Georgina Russell are on the same page with Curtin and believe that they will see improvement individually and as a team.
"We have gained a bit more understanding of what competing at a collegiate level is like. The competition is meant to be even tougher but I feel stronger and am looking forward to it," concluded Russell.
The men's gold race will shoot off at 9:30 a.m. and the women's team will take on the silver race at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky.