tions to the team, saying, “Harry has been somewhat ‘snake bitten’ throughout his career with a few leg injuries and untimely illnesses, but he has delivered in every MAC Championship. He has always been the glue that has kept the team together and successful.”
The Green and White must bid adieu to two seniors at the close of the season, each with prolific careers. Harry Dixon and Grzegorz Kalinowski will both continue on to compete in the 2013-14 track and field season, but their years as cross country athletes have come to a halt. The pair of runners garnered AllMAC First Team honors, as Kalinowski finished third in the 2013 MAC Championship race while Dixon followed shortly after with a fifth-place finish.
The squad opened up the 2013 campaign by hosting the EMU Triangular, which included MAC foes Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo, Aug. 30. EMU won with a commanding 21 points in the effort, highlighted by the 1-2-3 finish by redshirt-junior Ian Hancke, junior Cameron Trinh, and sophomore Austin Lane. The trio finished within a second of each other as Hancke crossed the line at 15:56.20, while Lane swooped in to close out the top three in 15:57.20.
Kalinowski is an athlete that has been plagued by injury during his time at EMU and only ran a total of eight races throughout his career, but Head Coach John Goodridge has nothing but praise for the Torun, Poland native. “Greg is a talented athlete who came to us as a middle distance athlete who may even have been more comfortable in the 800-meter rather than the 1500-meter, but from day one I always believed that the longer distances were where his best potential was,” said Goodridge. “It has taken some time for this to be embraced but at the same time Greg had stress fractures two different years, which eliminated a lot of valuable training time. This past summer he prepared for a serious cross country effort and has made very pleasing training progress throughout the fall. Based on his limited cross country racing experience I think he did a really nice job for us.”
2013 Season Recap
Eastern Michigan University’s men’s cross country team kept up with its tradition of winning ways in the 2013 campaign. Highlighted by a fourthstraight 2013 Mid-American Conference Championship title, the Eagles landed four harriers on the All-MAC teams.
Dixon was perennially an integral part of the foundation that supported the Eagles in their quest for MAC Championship titles, as he placed in the top20 in each of the four conference races that he ran, earning All-MAC Second Team honors twice before being named to the first team in the 2013 campaign. He was also recognized for his work off the course, as he was named to the Academic All-MAC team. Coach Goodridge also commended the Nelson, New Zealand native for his contribu-
Following a two-week break, the Green and White headed down to Bowling Green, Ohio, to race in the Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener, Sept. 13. Once again, Hancke paced the Eagles, finishing third in the 8,000-meter race with a 25:28.33 mark. Lane and Trinh also landed in the top-10, coming in at 25:48.16 and 25:51.93, respectively. October opened up with some staunch competition for the harriers as they traveled to South Bend, Ind. to compete in the Notre Dame Invitational. The race, held on Oct. 4, ended with the Eagles claiming an 18th-place finish with 461 points in the seeded Men’s Blue Race. Dixon was the only top50 finisher in the field that contained nine of the top-40 teams in the nation, as his time of 25:11.2 earned him a 43rd-place finish for the afternoon. A pair of rookies also donned the Green and White for the first times in their EMU careers, as Nick Raymond pulled in a time of 27:09.9 in the Blue Race while John Knox placed fifth in the Open Race with a time of 26:00.2. “John and Nick are going to have fine careers at EMU, which has already started with them as freshmen standing on the victory podium as MAC team champions. Serious thought was given to redshirting them, but I decided that giving them a collegiate racing experience as freshmen
2013 All-MAC First Team Grzegorz Kalinowski was best for their development,” said Coach Goodridge about the young duo. “Likewise, regarding training freshmen, you can either take an aggressive or nonaggressive approach and either way you can often have inconsistent race results. So whereas I chose an aggressive racing approach, I have taken a very low-key nonaggressive approach with their training and fully expect to see solid development with them by next year,” explained Goodridge. “Although last fall Nick was a high school national cross country finalist, his training background was very atypical. He ran very low mileage with little intensity and for four years he swam each winter as opposed to distance running training. I felt that he needed a gradual transition into becoming a full-time distance runner in terms of adjusting to increased volume, intensity, and regularity for the demands of collegiate competition. Likewise, John needs time, but he is adjusting very well. Both are brave racers and when prepared properly will do quite well. Like the rest of the team they were ill and achy at the championship races, and their results there were not indicative of what we will see in the future.” The next week provided some relief in competition, as the squad cruised to a first-place finish at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships, Oct. 11 in Hillsdale, Mich. The Eagles
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