The ACC results are up!
Are you in any way related to Kevin Sullivan?
Ken Sullivan wrote:
Given your screen name, I am sure your expertise on coaching Division 1 cross country is unparalleled.
Full disclosure: I am a former Duke runner, and thus, obviously not an impartial observer. I check LetsRun for the humor (i.e. the Revolutionary War thread) and to get links to results now that Flotrack is gone, as there are usually no training threads for ex-collegiate runners running 40 miles a week to keep from getting fat.
Since I know my former teammates are too concerned with things of importance to read or post on this board (with the possible exception of the post-nuptial shut-off thread, which is pure gold), I will respectfully disagree with your assessment that Duke "does not have the coaching."
Yes, the men's team was ranked 14th going into today, so a 5th-place finish, even in a tough conference, might look disappointing at first glance. However, if one compares the 3k splits to final results, you will notice that Duke went out HARD, trying to compete for a conference title with a fantastic FSU team, and paid the price for it later on.
"Pundits" such as yourself can second-guess - that's what pundits are for. But I do not think that a team going "all in" at conference to challenge the year's alpha dog (FSU), and fading over the last mile as a result, demonstrates "poor coaching," especially when the team in question has a number of probable points from victories earlier in the season.
You are entitled to your opinion, just as I'm entitled to mine. But as a 4:18 hs guy turned 3:45 1500m runner (despite having 1:54 800 "speed" and never breaking 15:00 for 5k) due to such "poor" college coaching, I figured I would interject my opinion to counterbalance yours.
On another note, hats off to FSU, N.C. State, UVA, and Carolina. All four teams look very impressive in perusing the results.
Ken Sullivan, Duke Class of 2010
Hey Bud wrote:
SE Region will be a battle. Can Duke recover their previous form? Can UVA bring their 3,4, and 5 guys up? How is W&M this year without Gibby as the coach? Can Ryan Hill and the Pack bounce back? Can Pat Schellberg run 10k?