The University of Maine Presque Isle cross country teams have been working hard all year as they look to peak late in the season. Veteran coach Chris Smith says the team has been improving each and every meet.
Chris Smith:"That is the goal you don't want them to be super strong early in the season. You don't want them to peak early, they are a very structured program. They have been doing the work and improving consistently."
The Owls are young an inexperienced this year. They lost several runners to graduation and some others weren't academically eligible to compete. Smith says the team is off until the North Atlantic Conference meet at UM Farmington on October 28th. The hope is that some of his team will meet the Owls qualifying standard to compete in the USCAA Nationals in Virginia Beach Virginia next month
Smith:" That is coming up our last meet in October. We had pretty good success last year. I don't know if we will be that strong this year because you can objectively say that based on your projections for this year. Like always we are looking to our training and improving and see what we can do."
Smith says that while they are down on numbers this year he is confident that starting a track and field program in the fall will bring more athletes onto campus next year.
Smith:" If you don't have an outdoor track program a lot of your runners who are really into it are looking for both, if not three season. Cross country and indoor and outdoor track, but now with cross country and outdoor track we have a lot of kids are interested who might not otherwise have been if you didn't have both seasons."