It was only a matter of time before Look at Me Now made it into the blog. Stop reading, go to YouTube and search Karmin Look at Me. Whether you’ve heard it or not, listen to it while you read this post.
We did it; we are the first Bentley Women’s Cross Country team to ever make it to Nationals!!! It’s such an amazing feeling to be part of such a great team, not just performance wise but also with how close we all are.
The weekend of regionals couldn’t have been better! I had an interview for an internship Friday morning and I received a call later that day telling me I made it to second round interviews, great way to start the weekend! I had a relaxing night of watching tv, having pizza, and hanging out with friends after that. Saturday at the team dinner I decided to try and make it a little more fun. I printed off a couple of copies of the course for Sunday, let everyone look at them for a couple of minutes and then gave everyone 3 minutes to draw it off of memory. Let’s just say, everyone thankfully knew the course better on Sunday. Following that were trivia questions that ranged from complete this running quote, to what is Kara Goucher’s sons name, to who made this person’s poster for secret runner. This what I thought would purely be a friendly game turned out to have a quite the bit of competition, wouldn’t you agree Caitlin?
After being carbo loaded it was movie time. No better way to get pumped than to watch Without Limits, which is based on a real person for those of you who may not know. It’s based on Steve Prefontaine’s life. If you haven’t seen it, you really should even if you aren’t the biggest running fan you can see how Nike shoes was created! A few tears were shed, but the motivation and drive were all there too. A few girls who were at dinner were not at the movie, and there was a bit of curiosity as to why. Once we got to our rooms after the movie it was clear, they were making us posters!!
Conditions were great, and the course didn’t look too bad, couple muddy spots but nothing that couldn’t be dealt with. This was it, it was time to finish or die…literally. A few words were spoken before the start, to put things into perceptive but to also get everyone pumped. The flag is up, the horn sounds and off we go.
At the finish everyone on the team was talking, how’d you finish, what was your place? We knew we had a chance to make it to nationals but whether we did or not was on everyone’s mind.
Jeptui Cherutich of American International followed her NE-10 conference win with a first place finish, covering the 6k course in 21:54!
Stonehill also followed their NE-10 Conference Championship title with their 3rd straight East Regional title!! Maura Ferrarini, again, led the Skyhawks to their first place finish with a time 23:12 good for 8th place, earning her for the first time All-East Region Team honors. Nicely done ladies, another trip well deserved.
But hey, we’ll be seeing you there too thanks to our great performances and all the support! Tara Dooley led us Falcons with a 2nd place finish just 4 seconds behind Jeptui! Behind her was Amy Varsell who came in not alone, but with the beast by her side (Born to Run reference) in 4th place with a time of 22:39, 18 seconds before 5th place!! The next two Falcons were Ashley Nichols in 18th, and Caitlin Fahey in 20th with times of 23:27 and 23:29 respectively. I came in at 24:38 to round out the top 5, and Brittany Roderman and Leah Schiller came to complete our team at 25:20 and 25:21 respectively. I suspected they were holding hands, but video confirmation of the race finish says otherwise. Video of the women’s finish can be seen here.
Now let the pictures commence!!!
Awaiting the results...
We did it!
All Smiles Here!
I would also like to congratulate our guys’ team for a great performance coming in 3rd and a great season.
Thank you to everyone who came to support us and be sure to check back to see what’s going on leading up to nationals, which will be held on November 19th in Spokane, Washington!