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Miami Native
RE: The Frazier sisters are back!
Completely agree with Ivy Leagah... Miami has had sprinting studs (Lauryn Williams, Murielle Ahore, the Brown sisters, etc, etc) and even an occasional decent mid-distance guy like Tim Harris. Having said that, xc and distance are not focus areas.

Running in Miami is far from an easy task. There are times where I trained at 10pm to beat the summer heat (still 90% humid then). But it definitely makes you stronger


Ivy Leagah wrote:

Miami has never been good at distance, or even particularly good at middle distance, for that matter.

This is largely the result of the program's priorities. They focus on sprints and some field events. In the past, the track team was a vehicle to provide football players with scholarships during the years that Miami had their total number of scholarships cut as punishment for NCAA violations.

Anyone who says that a good distance program can't be built in Coral Gables is mistaken. There are perfectly serviceable places to train, and recent research indicates that heat/humidity training is enormously beneficial to athletes when they compete in cooler weather.

If Miami wanted to build a good distance program from scratch, it could be done. It would just take a fair amount of time and money invested in distance scholarships, as well as an attitude adjustment.

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