Cross Country Is Back
GREENSBORO (October 13, 2016) – Just as temperatures drop, the North Carolina A&T men’s and women’s cross country teams are priming to head north for the Delaware State Pre-Conference Invitational. The Aggies will race the grounds of the DSU Outreach and Research Center in preparation for their following meet, the MEAC Cross Country Championships on Oct. 29. The women will jumpstart the race on Saturday with their 5k run at 9:30 a.m. Then the men will follow with an 8k run at 10:15 a.m.
“This is just one of the many stepping stones,” said Perry Cabean, the Aggies distance coach. “The most important thing is that the freshmen get a chance to see the course.”
This season the freshmen have played a major role for the Aggies, mainly because they make-up majority of both squads. So this preview of the MEAC championships course could prove vital for the end-of-the-season outcomes.
The women, who have only two returnees and five newcomers, will especially benefit from the exposure as they look to freshman G’Jasymne Butler to lead them against the conference.
“G’Jasymne is our No. 1 runner on the women’s side,” stated Cabean. “She has had a significant impact in her short career. There are athletes with more experience who have an advantage on her, but we expect her to compete hard.”
Last year both the men’s and women’s teams placed first at the pre-conference run before earning their respective second and sixth place finishes the following week at the MEAC event.
“While we want them to get out there and be competitive we know the rest of the conference will be here in two weeks,” said Cabean. “This definitely does not portray the range of athleticism that will be at the conference meet.”
On Saturday the Aggies will focus their efforts on simply learning the DSU route and perfecting their training. They have had another two weeks of practice without competition, so they have been able to work on techniques they were not able to get to earlier in the season.
“I want to start seeing these things come together,” said Cabean. “I want to see some complete races. Where people used to make some mistakes in the middle of their races, I don’t want to see that. We’re looking for complete races from everybody.”