Orange remains focused, confident with challenge looming

first_img Published on September 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Forrest Misenti just wanted to get out and run again. It had been too long. A stress fracture kept him sidelined through much of the past winter and spring, meaning he had a lot of rust to shake off this fall. ‘(The stress fracture) kept me out for 11 weeks,’ said Misenti, a sophomore. ‘I hadn’t done much racing ever since cross country of last year, so I just wanted to get the feel for things and run with my team again.’ Although Misenti and his teammates won’t be challenged until Oct. 2 in the Wisconsin Adidas Interregional, they are still making the most of these early-season meets. The goal for this year is to repeat as Big East champions, and every meet can help the team prepare for the ultimate goal. From now until that first weekend in October, the goal is to keep pushing — using a regimen that brought them success a year ago. ‘We’ll probably bring our mileage back up for the next week,’ freshman Sean Keefe said. ‘We’re going to get a good week of training because Wisconsin is a big focus for us. That’s really when our season kind of starts.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text This past weekend at the Colgate Invitational, each of the top six finishers wore orange. Misenti, Keefe and four of their teammates all crossed the finish line within 11 seconds of each other. After last year’s championship season, and after a strong 2-0 start to the 2010 campaign, the name ‘Syracuse’ has escalated in the world of college cross country. ‘We weren’t even ranked last year when we ran at Wisconsin,’ head coach Chris Fox said. ‘I think we snuck up on people, but we won’t sneak up on anybody this time. … I think we are more of a target this time.’ Excluding last year’s NCAA championship, the team hasn’t lost since Oct. 17, 2009. But to maintain their high level of success, the runners have to take these opening few weeks seriously. Every day is a chance to keep working hard and get ready for meets like the one in Wisconsin. ‘There is plenty of motivation for the Wisconsin meet,’ said Fox. ‘We will work really hard this week because this is a big week of work, and then next week we will not train hard and rest. Rest indicates a big meet.’ With the way the schedule is set up, the team will get a week off before it travels to Wisconsin on the first weekend of October. Most of the runners have been using the previous two meets as tuneups for this particular race. From that meet on, every race matters. Fox plans to keep his team mentally focused on the upcoming trip and wants to make sure his training regimen is set. There is no place for complacency to slip in. That’s exactly the mindset the team needs to have as it looks to continue to make a name for itself in the national rankings. ‘We won in Wisconsin last year,’ Keefe said. ‘So that’s definitely our goal to go back and repeat.’ [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more