The banquet photos fashion police threads.
Well I was going to go for the first time ever this year since I live fairly close to Stillwater. So going, I guess.
The meet in Ames that Kennedy won was in '88. '87 was in Charlottesville, the first of 13 I attended in 15 years. But I've only been to two since - having kids de facto pushed me into choosing coaching my own team over following college teams. If they are open to the public, I'll probably get to Tallahassee next year - not entirely unrelated to the fact that younger son is a HS senior this year.
I ran the '91 Tucson meet that Gault says was the hottest ever according to NCAA records. The 65 degrees seems reasonable enough - I don't recall anything about the weather at all, which is kind of the definition of 65 degrees.
But the '96 meet in Tucson was MUCH hotter. Probably 80, with bright sun. Numerous people collapsing. By far the hottest I've attended, and unless the Tucson '86 meet was hot almost certainly the hottest ever.
I wouldn't have described the locations back then as a "rotation" because there was just a year-to-year bid process, but they didn't go to the same place multiple times in a short period, and didn't stick in a tight area of the Midwest. Starting in '86:
Tucson - Charlottesville - Ames - Annapolis - Knoxville - Tucson - Indiana - Lehigh - Arkansas - Ames - Tucson - Furman - Kansas - Indiana - Ames - Furman.
I miss following the progress of teams throughout the season into their Conference Championships. Always fun to see the early teams start to get caught by those with late season priorities. Then the regional meets...Who didn't make it and who are the surprises that don't get the opportunity much if any in school history. Then on the week of the big day, it's watching the weather forecast. I've been around for awhile so when the meet used to rotate it was interesting to see who could handle the conditions best whether it was in Tucson where it was high up and warm or Ames where it was -19 below wind-chill factor!!! On that day....there is no tomorrow.
I'll have to say that my first NCAA meet I attended in Des Moines (87) made an impression. Two individual winners from Indiana including a freshman in Bob Kennedy and some obscure team in yellow tops and blue shorts from Flagstaff, AZ I had never heard of that got the runner-up trophy. I immediately became a big fan for the little guys that day. We all know who the big dogs are but I love it when a sport like CC gives the little guys the same opportunity. It was fun to see how the D2 & D3 chips fared in the race as well even though they didn't have much time to prepare.
Not 80, mid sixties in '96.
Matt Centroquitz wrote:
John Wesley Harding wrote:
I went once when I was 15 and saw Brie Felnagle run by a few times. I thought that was pretty cool.
That reminds me of a story.
One year at NCAA track regionals, I drop my star at Cornell off and tell him, "I gotta park the car. Find a place at the practice field to be our homebase and i'll be there in a few minutes."
When I finally find him 20 minutes later, his stuff is right next to hers. Any doubt as to whether it was a coincidence were dispelled by the huge grin on his face. He looked like a 5 year old on xmas.
It’s really problematic for you to write about Brie like this
Little wonder how this site gets its reputation with women runners given paternalistic tone clearly conveyed in this anecdote. Kinda reinforces my image of lower division runners, too. Yes, also poorly written for a supposedly educated individual.
get well soon wrote:
Why was my post deleted?
LRC Response. Your post was deleted because it was false. You posted, "I’ll tell you what I don’t miss: you complaining about race cancellations due to a global pandemic."
That's not what the article says at all.
Yeah bc 250,000 dead Americans is HILARIOUS!