XC STARS SHINE AT FIRST RACE OF THE SEASON
The Phoenix woke up early on Saturday to head to Augusta to take part in the UMA Benefit Race – out first all-team event of the season. Zach Betancourt (2nd place overall) led a tight pack that included Cody Mitchell, Captain Benny Webber, and Isaac Preston (3rd-5th respectively). We also witnessed some strong times from Griffin Harriman and Richard Liu, who have since bumped up to the A-Squad for practices. Many of our other runners got in their first timed 5k races and everybody got the chance to get familiar with the UMA course, where the Phoenix will be hosting MAISAD Championships on November 2.
Practice this week will be geared toward our first MAISAD race of the season, at home this Saturday @ 2:30 PM. In preparation for the race, the Phoenix have just laid a new XC course around campus that is friendly to both our runners and our spectators, with a maximum number of photo opportunities. We expect to see excellent times, good cheer, and Alumni Weekend pride on the front lawn Saturday afternoon.