Well, I haven’t been quite as good as I’d hoped this semester with my Blog. But I’ll have at least two more posts this season (after AUS and after CIS). Scholastically, this term is a lot of work, but I can see the end of the tunnel. I’ve got all my graduate school applications in, and now I’m just waiting to hear back about acceptances and scholarship offers. Now I’ve just got to stay on top of my schoolwork, and sit two more honours examinations, and I’ll have my BA!
The season has been going really well for the distance squad. At McGill at the end of January, we had four runners under 9 minutes in the 3000m: (first time since 2004 that Dalhousie has had that kind of depth). Adam McGregor, Jake Moore, Matt McNeil, and myself. I ran two personal bests 8:51 in the 3000m, and 4:03 in the 1500m. But the best performance of the meet had to be Justin Blades in the 600m: Completly boxed in with 50m to go, he managed to somehow find a hole (through some sort of crazy arm-swinging) and accelerate to win, ranking him second in Canada). The trip to McGill (though very long) is great, because it really brings the whole track team together. So often we’re training separately, that you don’t really know the people in the other groups, so it’s nice to learn everybody’s names and a bit about everyone else.
Since then training has been going full speed ahead. Last week, a few runners went down to Boston for the Valentine Invitational. Jake Moore wasn’t supposed to be on the team, but due to an illness and a passport mix-up, he got the call, packed his bags and was off. Despite being in the 3000m group all year, he came out of nowhere to run a stellar 51.4 in the 4x400m relay, helping them auto-qualify for CIS. Other runners on the team were Kahmall McCabe, Andrew Falkenham, and Justin Blades (who also set a Dalhousie record in the open 400m in Boston).
This past weekend, we had our last-chance meet at the Dalplex. There were a lot of great races, but two high-jumpers stole the show. Both Simon Watts and Rob McCulloch cleared 2.07m, ranking them tied for 3rd in the CIS. Personally, I had one of the best races of my life, and ran 8:43.7 for the 3000m. Normally when I finish a race there are always a few things I could have done better, but after that race I can’t think of anything that I could have changed to run a faster time.
Now all that’s left is AUS and CIS (for those athletes who qualified). On Saturday morning we’ll leave Dalplex for Moncton for the AUS championships on Saturday and Sunday, with 41 athletes, our biggest team in a while. Our Men will hopefully win our 12th straight championship, and our Women their 23rd (!!) in a row.