S: University of Colorado Men's Cross Country Team Yearbook
BC: The University of Colorado Men's cross Country team experienced struggles similar to what people experienced during the great stock crash. Just like the stock market before the great crash, the team was training well, staying healthy, and making small improvements, then they decided to add more intensity to seek bigger improvements, and that led to injuries. These injuries that led to a loss in hope for winning the national title were similar to the great stock crash causing a loss in hope because the crash caused many people to lose hope in the economy and government. | The Comparison
FC: Running With The Buffaloes By: Chris Lear | 1998 University of Colorado Men's Cross Country Team Memory Book Made By: Hong Cho
1: Running With The Buffaloes By: Chris Lear | 1998 University of Colorado Men's Cross Country Team Memory Book Made By: Hong Cho
2: Head Coach Mark Wetmore | Mark Wetmore is the head coach of the University of Colorado Men's Cross Country team. His coaching system is based on the training principles of a high mileage program that emphasizes the development of a runner's endurance. Wetmore coaches based off his past running experiences and still continues to run today. | With the many resources he has, he likes to include a little bit of science in his program by placing heart rate monitors on his runners during some of the runs. He is enthusiastic about his runners' long term development instead of a short development. With that motive, he allows many runners to try out for the team after they reach a low qualifying standard. Coach Wetmore believes that to be the best as you can be, you must feel pain during your races. "Distance runners are experts at pain, discomfort, and fear. You're not coming away feeling good. It's a matter of how much pain you can deal with on those days. (254)
3: Adam Goucher is the number one runner for the University of Colorado Men's Cross Country team. He has been a phenomenal runner since he was a freshmen. From a young age, he was extremely determined for his running goals and placed his goals on a paper taped above his bed. Goucher's role on the team was even more important than being just the lead runner on the team; he was also a captain on the team leading his team into the NCAA championships. He was very coachable and loyal to his coach. Coach Flower: "He listened. He was loyal to me as a coach, and he listened to what I said, no questions asked. He never doubted what we were doing. He believed in it and he always expressed his gratitude." (70) | Adam Goucher
4: Trails, Trails, and More Trails | The Colorado Men's Cross Country team practices on soft surfaces for most of the time, which reduces the chance of getting a stress fracture. In the early part of the season, they train in altitude conditions which help them with their aerobic fitness when they return to sea level for meets such as the NCAA's. The team often train in the steep hills called the Shootout and Magnolia hills leaving them "just feeling trashed." (129)
5: Training Throughout the Season | Adam Goucher has made a tremendous jump in training compared to the year before. "A year ago, Goucher was averaging 84 miles a week... Goucher expects some soreness since he has made a jump in volume and a slight increase in intensity of his training from a year ago." (121) The team usually goes for an easy run at 6:30 mile pace about three days out of the seven day cycle. There is a long run that approximately lasts an 1:45:00 on every Sunday to increase aerobic capacity.
6: In Memory of Chris Severy | Chris Severy, a top runner on the team, was killed in a mountain bike accident. "All the team knows is that while Sev was coming down the mountain this morning from his cabin, he lost control of his bike, and crashed into a tree. The force of the impact killed him." (148) This was a huge loss for the team because it affected many on the team emotionally. Not only did Severy's death affect the team emotionally, but it also hurt the team physically because he was one of the top runners on the team.
7: Injuries During the Season | With nationals on its way, it was essential for the team to stay healthy and sharp going into the race; however, Reese, the second runner came down with an injury."Yesterday, while doing strides, Reese was able to run the milers, but by last night Reese's knee had had enough. It swelled up like a balloon. Right then, I knew three things. one, there's blood in the joints again. Two, the cracking and clicking tells me there's loose, cracked cartilage. That all hurts and affects the bending knee." (205) The second runner being injured would have detrimentally affected the team scoring at nationals.
8: 1998 NCAA National Championships | Complete Results (251) 1. Adam Goucher Colorado Sr. 29:26 2. Abdi Abdirahman Arizona Sr. 29:49 3. Julius Mwangi Butler Sr. 30:00 4. Matthew Downin Wisconsin Jr. 30:12 5. Sean Kaley Arkansas Jr. 30:18 34. Mike Friedberg Colorado So. 31:10 35. Ron Roybal Colorado Jr. 31:10 60. Tom Reese Colorado Jr. 31:36 63. Adam Batliner Colorado Sr. 31:39
9: The University of Colorado Men's Cross Country team has defeated the odds and overcame the struggles to become national champions. Adam Goucher ended up winning the individual race with a new course record while his team placed third place to get on the medal stand. "They will stand on the podium with runner-up Stanford and the champion Razorbacks from Arkansas. A Team third is a great performance in any year; yet for them it will forever taste bittersweet." (251) Goucher and his team could have done better if they did not lose two of their top runners because of an injury and a death.