9 things we've learned from 2013 NCAA XC - USA Athletics Scholarships

9 things we’ve learned from 2013 NCAA XC


9 things we’ve learned this cross country season:

  1. The NCAA meet is as deep and unpredictable as ever. The fact that a World 1500m finalist with proven good endurance finishes 50th says it all.
  2. 3 British athletes (Farrell, Caldwell and Avery) and 4 Irish athletes (Quinn, Dooney, Byrne and Collins) made respective Euro XC teams
  3. Mark Wetmore delivers yet again for Colorado. The only coach to have won all four available NCAA XC titles adds another accolade to his big collection. Even more impressive given how badly Boulder was affected in the recent Colorado floods.
  4. Despite there being 39 British and Irish athletes on show, they only represented 16 different teams. The usual suspects appear to still be dominating the recruiting battle. Time for other coaches to step up their efforts?
  5. Tom Farrell closes out his Oklahoma State XC career as a four time All-American. Further research is required to see if he is the first British or Irish athlete to achieve this.
  6. Despite Kate Avery’s valiant attempt, the wait goes on for the next British and Irish winner. You still have to go back to John Nuttall (1989 – Britain) and Keith Kelly (2000 – Ireland) for the last home grown winners.
  7. After a long season of training and competing, the athletes can use the American Thanksgiving week to take a well-earned rest.
  8. Kenyan born athletes have won the last five men’s NCAA XC titles but only one of the last five on the women’s side
  9. The last few remaining athletes who were in the NCAA whilst we were there competing are now coming towards the end of their eligibility. How time flies!

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