RIC MENS CROSS COUNTRY EMBARKS ON 2001 SEASON
Leslie Crofton, Sports Information Intern
Island Colleges 2001 mens cross country team is expecting
to have a solid season this year. With the Little East Conference/MASCAC
Alliance Championship meet (Oct. 27) as the focal point of the
season, the runners have been training hard to increase their
mileage and improve upon what they accomplished last year. The
team has already begun to do that even in the first few early
team has stepped things up since last year and should prove to
be more competitive because of that.
Coach Dick Hoppman sites the fact that the guys
ran a full two to three minutes faster on the UMASS-Dartmouth
course this year than they did last year, even this early in
the season, as evidence.
A core group of dedicated veterans coupled with some talented
rookies are the impetus for this newfound intensity.
Tim Rudd (Warwick, RI) and rookies Joe Parenteau (Smithfield,
RI) and Mike Daniels (Warwick, RI) should lead the
squad this season. Rudd
was the first Anchorman to cross the line in both of RICs
first two meets, The CCRI Invitational on Sept. 8 and the UMASS-Dartmouth
Invitational on Sept. 15.
He placed eighth out of 42 runners with a time of 28:56
and 63rd out of 191 runners with a time of 27:06, respectively.
Parenteau is a freshman who followed close on Rudds heels
in the CCRI Invitational, running 29:45 for 11th place. Daniels
ran second to Rudd at UMASS-Dartmouth, placing 120th with a time
of 28:36. Daniels transferred to RIC this year from The Community
College of Rhode Island, where he earned NJCAA All-American honors
in cross country.
Ruben Feliz (Providence, RI) and co-captains Nick Alfred
(Wakefield, RI), a senior, and Chris Puleo (Barrington,
RI), a junior, will also be top runners for RIC this season.
The seventh spot is still up for grabs and sophomores
John Charest (North Smithfield, RI) and Joe Giardina (West
Warwick, RI) currently stand a good chance of cracking the
teams excellent camaraderie and high morale provide the
ideal environment in which for these runners to thrive.
My guys train together, they race together, theyre
very supportive. They
have a real good work ethic and they want to run together as
a team, says Coach Hoppman.
Im a big mileage base guy, but the team wont
suffer overuse syndrome.
By the time we get to the conference championship theyll
be primed. These
kids will all set their PRs [personal record times] by the end
of the season.