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|Subject: ||RE: Andy Gerard to George Mason|
I ran track and XC at WM and I have to strongly disagree. First of all the school is clearly dedicated to distance running but only because that is the most effective way to develop a strong program at a school with fairly limited resources and a strong academic background. When you don't have a D1 football team (and 1AA doesn't count) to lean on for sprints recruits, you are starting at a big deficit. The best quality WM can attract in sprints is ussually fairly non-competitive nationally. That being said under Gerard, WM put a significantly larger emphasis on field events - they've been fairly successfull too - They've won the CAA T and F champs 2 out of the last 3 years with athletes Gerard helped recruit (and you don't do that with nothing but distance). But don't forget this is a school with a pretty impressive record at the distance events over the last 10 years - they could pull a UofO and abandon their distance program in favor of other events but I guarantee they'd screw that up even worse than Oregan - you try recruiting solid sprints/field events to a small school in a small conference with limited money and a strong academic reputation. Better yet - name a similar school that has successfully done so recently. Gerard's record in distance speaks for itself but he's clearly committed to track.
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