DePaul Ready to Race at Wisconsin-Parkside
Oct. 5, 2012
CHICAGO – Well-rested with a bit of an edge, Max Clink and his DePaul cross country teammates return to the course Saturday for the Lucian Rosa Invite at Wisconsin-Parkside.
The women’s 5K race at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course begins at 10 a.m. while the men’s 8K race is set for 11 a.m.
By design, the Blue Demons took a couple weeks off to heal up any injuries and assess their performances after running in three consecutive races.
“In the two weeks we had off, there was a lot of emphasis placed on recovery,” Clink said. “We’ve got some people who are banged up.
“After two weeks off, I’m a little antsy to compete again. We all want to race. It’s more rewarding to race at a meet instead of training.”
In the 17-team men’s field, DePaul and Illinois-Chicago will be among the teams to beat. In addition, there are four highly ranked teams in the USTFCCCA Division II Midwest Region competing Saturday---No. 3 Cedarville, No. 4 Lewis, No. 5 Ferris State and No. 6 UW-Parkside.
“Last month I was over-training a bit, so I took a step back to be smart,” Clink said. “Some of our other runners have been getting hurt. I’ll go into the meet at Wisconsin-Parkside in good shape.
“The two Fridays we didn’t compete at meets, we ran really hard---almost a time trial. It was our last good chance to work on our running in practice.”
On the women’s side, DePaul and UIC should be among the top finishers in the 17-team field along with Division II Midwest Region No. 2 Ferris State, No. 4 Hillside and UW-Parkside.
“This course is hilly and a good simulation to the BIG EAST Championship course,” Clink said. “That’s a good incentive to run fast on Saturday.
“The season has gone pretty well despite some of the injuries. Our freshman Andrew Diehn has stepped up and scored a couple of times.
“Going forward, we’ve learned how to handle adversity, and it will pay off in the end.”