Wednesday, November 24, 2010

NCAA Pictures

Thanks to Tim O'Dowd '80 who took these pictures at the NCAA meet.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Men 19th at NCAA XC Meet

The men were 19th at the NCAA meet.  Here are the individual results. Chas Gillespie lead the way with his 58th place finish.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Men 9th, Women 4th at the IC4A/ECAC Race

The men's "B" team and the women's "A" teams finished 9th and 4th respectively. The men were led by Liam Anastasia-Murphy who finished 20th.  The women's team was led by Kathleen Lautzenheiser who was 4th and led the team to a second place finish. Full results

Watch the NCAA XC Race Live on the Internet

If you go here on Monday at 12:48 pm, you will be able to watch the NCAA men's race live. The feed will start at noon.  Also, if you want to see the "pre-game" show live, go here on Monday.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lewis Woodard Interview

Thanks to all of you for watching these interviews which have literally gotten hundreds of hits.  Above is senior Lewis Woodard who discusses the maturity and the confidence of the team. You will also note that we finally kicked the echo problem!

Alumni Coaches

As a long time former coach, I know how much my W&M coach had an impact on me joining that fraternity.  Well apparently the coaches coming out of W&M are continuing as All-Americans Ian Fitzgerald is at Duquesne University and Sean Graham is at American.  As you might know, Steve Walsh was coached by former W&M coach Harry Groves who left W&M to go to Penn State.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Men Ranked 16th

As I said a week ago, the Southeast Conference had six team ranked 16 to 23 and all of them, save UNC, have now qualified for the NCAA meet.  The bottom line is that while we are on the top of our conference, we have not yet moved up substantially in the national rankings and are now 16th.  On the other hand, it wasn't even close at regionals, so look for a move up at the NCAA meet, esp. since W&M traditionally moves up when they hit the 10K part of the season.

We Are on Twitter

For many Saturdays, Steve Walsh and his predecessor Alex Gibby have called me with updates so I could get them on this page ASAP.  Well now, you can get even quicker updates.  If you go to Twitter and type in "wmxctf" you will be able to get real time updates from meets.  This coming Monday, for example, if you can't watch the race live on this site, you can get a Twitter feed straight to your phone and see how our team does at the NCAA meet right away.

Six Make All Region Team

If you go here, you will see that six athletes made the all region team:
Chas Gillespie, Zach Gates, Josh Hardin, Lewis Woodward, Tom Burke, Elaina Balouris

Monday, November 15, 2010

Spiked Shoe Society on Facebook

If you haven't done so already, please consider signing up for the "Spiked Shoe Society" on Facebook for updates and reconnecting with your W&M teammates.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

NCAA Teams Announced

The NCAA just announced the teams going to nationals.  Amazingly SIX teams from our Southeast Region are going (W&M, Duke, Louisville, UVA, Richmond and NC State).  The only glaring omission is UNC that was ranked one spot ahead of us two weeks ago, but fell apart at Regionals and finished 9th.


Here is the official NCAA meet site. The men are running at 12:48 on November 22nd. The meet will be shown live here and if you come back on the 22nd, I will have it in a separate window on this page.  Interviews later this week.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Who is Going to the NCAA Meet

Track and Field Videos on Flotrack

or at least this is who Flotrack thinks is going for the men's teams. They predict that SIX teams will make it from the Southeast Region. That would be more than I have ever seen if it holds up.

Men's Finish

As the narrator of this clip says, "William and Mary, William and Mary, William and Mary.  They just dominated!"  Here is the start and a race clip at 1.5 miles, the 5K mark and the 7K.

Men Win Regionals!

New coach, same result!  As usual the men start slow and end BIG which is especially amazing after losing all three of their All-Americans from last season.   After being ranked no higher than 4th all fall in the region, the men just beat Duke to win the region and automatically qualify for the NCAA meet. If my math is right, this is the 15th straight time the men have gone to the national champs.  W&M's #1 all season, Chas Gillespie, was only 12th, but the top five only had a 30 second spread between them.  Here are the full results.  I'll have more later and will put up the live feed of the men's race next Monday.

Women 9th at Regionals

The women moved up two places from their regional ranking to finish 9th in the region.  Frosh Elaina Balouris was 23rd.  All five of the top women are returning next year, so look for them to move up.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

NYCity Marathon Alumni Results

Former coach and W&M grade Kathy Newberry debuted 2:35:23 and finished as the third American and 17th female this past weekend.  Also Daniel Nelly '07 finished as the 17th American and 50th overall for males in 2:31. .

Interview w. Elaina Boularis

It is always great to talk w. an enthusiastic and humble young runner as Elaina Boularis who is the current #1 is.  Click on the arrow to hear the interview as she prepares for the NCAA qualifying meet on Saturday. -

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Interview w. Steve Walsh

We've had 550 views of the interview I did last week, so I am assuming people enjoy this format. Here is one with W&M's new coach, Steve Walsh. To start the interview, click on the arrow. Also, I figured out how to stop the echo so the next time it will sound even better.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Men 19th in Country, 3rd in District

The men have risen (barely) to 19th and 3rd in the district. Remember that only two teams automatically go to nationals in the district.  Right now five schools in the district are clumped between 18 to 23.  Likely 4 of the five will go to the NCAA meet, but one certainly will not.  As a point of comparison, the men were ranked 8th at the point a year ago.