Things may have been a little different leading up to the NCAA championships this season but has much as things may have looked different – they stayed pretty much the same.
Washingon women and Oregon men win team titles. Iona men finish 2nd. Galen Rupp and Sally Kipyeo are crowned individual champs. Rupp's time of 28:43 is a new course record.
Teams from the Pacific Northwest swept the NCAA Division I cross country championships on a raw, windy Monday morning in Terre Haute, Ind. The Iona men’s team, under first-year Coach Ric Santos, was the only team close to the winning Oregon Ducks, scoring 147 to the winners’ 93 to finish second for the second year in a row.
Kyle Dawson would probably trade exercise-induced anything for the form of exercise-enhanced condition he has known as Rhabdomyolysis. The condition cost him a red-shirt year in the 2007-08 season; not a bad thing as a freshman distance runner. Worse, it nearly cost him a real season of eligibility this cross country season.
For an ex-New Yorker, Monday is the last roundup Dick Weis is hanging them up on Monday in Terre Haute, Ind. There couldn’t be a better day for it, because the school where he has coached for 26 years, Oklahoma State, is a contender to win the NCAA Division I men’s cross country championships that afternoon.