Monday, November 23, 2009

Video highlights--NCAA cross country championship pre meet press conference...

TERRE HAUTE, Indiana--With a few hours to go before the NCAA Cross Country Championships, here are some highlights from Sunday's press conference featuring University of Washington coach Greg Metcalf (left/photo by Paul Merca), along with senior runner Katie Follett, as they talk about their team and their outlook for defending the national championship title they won last year.

"Our sport is all about timing and momentum," said Metcalf to the assembled media. "We're healthy, fit, and excited to go run Monday."

Metcalf was asked what was different about this year's trip compared to last season when UW was looking for its first title. He thought the team would be better prepared to handle the pressures.

"The goal is just to get to that date with a shot. We can control nothing of what anyone does except what we do. We're taking it one meet at a time, one week at a time, and continue to build as the season progresses," Metcalf said. "The expectations and pressures our women put on themselves haven't changed whatsoever. I think our group is a little more calm, cool, and collected than a year ago; a little more battle-tested and ready."

The weather is supposed to be like it was Sunday--sunny with highs in the mid 50s.

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