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|Author: ||post Master General|
|Subject: ||RE: 2008 DIII XC|
I really could not agree more, with almost everything you say, the only thing I disagree with is the NYU underperformed at previous nationals. Their first nationals in ages was 2006 and they came in second, after not making it the year before (hany was 9th as an individual though), then the next year they win. Why were they not given respect...I have no idea maybe people did not know phillips and mccarthy were back, I have no clue.
As for this year. I have said it countless times, NYU has a good team....great team - no, good team - yes. Will they make nationals - probably, will they be podium - probably not. Will they win the UAA which they dominated the last two years - also doubtful. Why do I think this? Here is my reasoning.
Reasons against them being a Great team - they lost 4 of their top 5, plus some others (I count Jon in their top 5) and it is very difficult to replace that.
Reasons they will still be a good team - Jesse is going to be right in the front at nationals, he is a superb runner, and they have had depth in the past. No these new guys (new to you) are not Hany and Ryan but they are good in their own right and most coaches would be happy to have them. Speaking of Coaches, NYU's Coach has proven himself, yeah his guys have underperformed at times, but they brought home the title that mattered to a team that has very few athletes under 800 meters (Their top 400 runner should/is really be an 800 guy). And just look what he did with their girls team in just a month or two after taking over the program - they went from abysmal to nearly respectable.
My prediction - UAA 3rd, Atlantic Region 3rd, Nationals 15 ish
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