This past weekend before Thanksgiving I got to relive the past. I got to go back and watch the Mideast Meet of Champions for cross-country 10 years after I had ran in the 2000 edition. It was weird showing up to the course 10 years later still knowing where the mile mark is and where the course goes. This meet is for the top 10 seniors from each state in the mid east to stack up which state has the best senior harriers. When I ran the meet it included Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. It now only hosts four states dropping Pennsylvania and West Virginia, I don’t know why these states were dropped but I think it is a shame decreasing a strong field to four schools. This year Indiana dominated the mens race going 2-8, partly because some of the top seniors from Michigan and Illinois decided not to run. My senior year was the same year Dathan Ritzenhein was a senior in Michigan, he was the only one of the top seniors from all the states the did not run the race but still had a pretty tough field. The other post season meets (Foot Locker and Nike’s NXN) in my opinion are just diluting some of these other long standing post season meets and the title of National Champion. But that is a topic for another time.
Going back and seeing this race got me back in cross country mode as I prepare for the US Club XC championships in Charlotte, NC on December 11th. I have always liked running cross country but I sometimes felt I had better races in me then what I showed out on the course. But I am taking in a fresh and positive attitude into this race, my training is going very well and I am ready to go and have some fun competing as a team with my Hanson-Brooks teammates.