Blog Note: Greg Chase is a senior on the men’s cross country team. When not running for the Stags, Greg is involved in numerous campus organizations and community service activities. You can keep up with him all season long on StagTracks.
I’m happy to say that the team has just returned from a successful trip down to Van Cortlandt Park at the Iona Meet of Champions where junior teammate Howie Rosas set the school record with a time of 25:59.99 for the course’s 8k race.
My performance was sub-par for my standards, but the good thing about being on a team is that even with a bad personal performance, I was able to be happy for the team and the other members’ individual successes. I think that you can’t dwell on performances because it’s in the past. Good performance or bad, you have to keep working hard and looking to improve; which is exactly what I want to do!
Last year I had my first healthy cross country season as I have been battling serious and chronic groin injuries since my junior year of high school. But once the spring season came I found myself plagued yet again as I had a staph infection in my calf. Once again I moved forward with high hopes and determination and made sure I did what I could to stay in running-fit.
That’s what you realize as an athlete is that you have to take care of the little things and that’s what I will be doing all this week as we prepare for our first home meet – the Fr. Victor F. Leeber Invitational. It’s going to be a big meet for us because we are planning for a major student turn out as we have invited tons of friends through campus posters and, of course, social networking. But we also plan to have some faculty come to cheer us on as well as our families. Fellow teammate Kyle Short is going to be running in front of his parents who are making the trip all the way from the great state of Arizona.
Obviously, we want to make all of our friends and family proud but even more so because this year the Stags will be running in pink as a tribute to our dedication to support breast cancer research and to support those who have to battle the tragic disease every day. (Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink For the Cure® is the fundraiser, check out the Stags’ team page)
This race means a lot to me especially because it’s my senior year. And so, if two or three ice baths are needed to stay in top-shape then I guess I can freeze with a smile – or try to – because the Stags and I want to bring home the gold and racing at home makes it that more important for us to win for our friends and family.
If you want to come and support us, the Leeber Invitational starts at 11am this Saturday near the track at Lessing Field.