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U C D A V I S D I S T A N C E UC Davis Cross Country Newsletter Running news from Aggie Nation UC UCDavis DavisXC/Track XC/Track&&Field Field- -December February 2010 2009 Regional wrap up The Men’s and Women’s squads finished their seasons at the NCAA Regional championships in Eugene, OR. Page 2 Happy Holidays from Aggie Cross Country and Track & Field! Alumni Spotlight See where former UC Davis runner Nate Bowen’s path has led him since graduating in 1999. Page 3 Athlete blog Get a glimpse inside the mind of a champion as Jon Peterson reflects on the mindset it took to become an AllAmerican. Page 4 Jon Peterson: All-American UC Davis makes a return to Terre Haute with an cautious, fashion. Aside from six men that individual men’s qualifier. made an early push, at 5k there were 65 men between 15:01 and 15:11, where Jon had On November 22, redshirt-junior Jonathan patiently cemented himself. Three kilometers Peterson marked the Aggies’ return to a later, nine men raced off the front of the pack, national stage with milestone performance at which now consisted of only 28 that came the NCAA National Championship Meet. through 8k together between 24:-- and 24:--. Toeing the line as one of the 37 individual With a kilometer remaining Jon had crept to qualifiers at the meet amongst the nations’ 31 18th place, and later recounted that he was top teams, Jon entered the meet with lofty thinking ‘Don’t let 22 guys pass you in the last aspirations and a level of physical and mental K!’ In the races closing stage, Peterson made a preparation to match. final push, mounting a kick over the long, uphill finishing stretch to nab his 14th place Running without the customary support and position. accountability that come with representing in a team context, Jon set an ambitious but The Aggies first appearance at the national realistic goal of a top 40 finish, good enough to level following the DI transition came in 2008, earn All-American honors. Still, coming off a when the women saw Kim Conley and Kaitlin 5th place regional finish, the simple math of Gregg qualify to race in Terre Haute. That fall top five from nine regions all running for the women’s team fell one spot, and mere spots drove home the reality of the goal. points, short of securing an at-large berth, and with Peterson’s experience this fall the flames Running in warmer than usual weather, but of desire for a return trip, both on the with winds gusting between 20-30 mph, the individual and team levels, have been stoked race unfolded in competitive, but somewhat even higher. UC Davis Distance: Fortitudine vincimus. 1

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