Coming off strong wins at the Central Dutch Invitational, the men and women’s Cross Country teams are heading to South Bend, Ind. on Friday for the National Catholic Championships at Notre Dame University.
“The weather at the beginning of the season was taking a toll on everyone.,” said junior Emily Day, one of the captains of the women’s team. Despite winning the meet at Central, weather was not kind to the Duhawks on the day of or the week prior to the invite. Nevertheless, she remains confident in her team as the Duhawks approach the second meet of the season. “This meet should be a more accurate representation of where we’re at right now.”
“Everyone has been great so far, and it’s been great to see the sophomores and juniors stepping up into leadership positions,” stated Day. Being a part of a smaller team than usual with only 17 women on the roster this year, it’s been different for them.
“I’m pretty stoked for Notre Dame this weekend. The competition is pretty darned good. It’s the only meet every season that we get to race against [Division I teams],” said senior captain John Paul Sevcik on the men’s side. Sevcik also pointed out, “We beat every [Division I] team last year except Canisius College and Notre Dame. With the strong team we’ve got this year, hopefully we can improve on last year’s performance.” In regards to improved athletes, Sevcik pointed out three individuals from the sophomore class: Mason Tope, Danny Krasich, and Matt Gagen. “If we have guys stepping up like these guys have,” Sevcik said,”I think we’ll have a lot to be proud of at the end of the season.”
The Duhawks leave for South Bend Thursday night and compete Friday morning.